Monday, 23 March 2015

The Statue

ancient greek officers

Heracleides and two of his officers discuss a statue they discovered on the beach of Thassikos Chorios. (Or Waltrop how the natives call it.)

Heracleides: "There are three forms of art: 1. Art that depicts things that are real, like plants and animals. 2. Ornaments which please the eye and 3. everything which has its source in human imagination. The first form of art is the best, the last the worst."

Officer 1: "Let's hope the creature depicted here does not exist, Heracleides!"

Officer 2: "And doesn't live on this island!"

(The miniatures on the picture were painted by Simon Bradley and Steve Dean as a commission.)

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