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Ariadne needed to paint. "Portraits are my life," she declared, "I cannot live if I cannot paint."
And she was superb, everyone agreed. As she worked, her sitters immediately felt at ease and in that way the true self of her subjects came through in the portraits.
“Look at the composition,” art connoisseurs commented, “it captures their very being.”
“Look at the face,” art historians highlighted, “it captures their inner essence.”
“Wonderful,” her sitters excitedly agreed - before falling ill and eventually, inevitably, passing away.
“Look at their eyes, though,” announced Ariadne, equally excitedly. “Have I not captured their entire soul?”

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    Neville Hunt 5 months ago

    Eek! Wonderfully shivery! I have to admit though, when I had first read it I had to go check out Ariadne, what her story was supposed to have been, lest I had missed something (and maybe I still have!). But it was good to have been stimulated to delve into classical mythology! With your art history knowledge from your comment on my Down Below poem, I wondered if Ariadne ‘ad any (!) connection with art (other than being the subject of quite a few works I’m sure!). Or maybe it’s time for bed...🤔

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    Drew Martyn 5 months ago

    :) Thanks Neville. Originally, I needed a name that would fit into the "art for art's sake" saying, so I was looking for something beginning with a. The only name I could think of at the time was Ariadne (for some strange reason - why I never thought of Ann or Anna or even Aphrodite, I don't know!). I didn't like Ariadne, but then I remembered there's a statue of Ariadne in Rome or Florence, so that was good enough for me and I stuck with it.

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    Neville Hunt 5 months ago

    To verge on the semi-serious, having taken your excellent drabble above as a stimulant for some research, I’m not sure I agree with Kant’s assertion on ‘art for art’s sake’. I think that whilst it is perfectly possible for art to be purposeless (no alliteration intended, but I liked it anyway!😁) but imho much art is highly purposeful and indeed of enormous practical as well as spiritual value. End of semi-seriousness... Yeeha!🥳

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    Drew Martyn 5 months ago

    That's a really good point, Neville, and one I am totally with. All art, even the most abstract art, has spiritual value and spiritual value is always of practical value, I think. Portraits and realism have obvious (easily accessible) value, but that changes depending on the experience and sensibilities of the viewer - the same's true of abstract art. The same applies to music - what you get out of Mozart is often different to what you get out of Stockhausen, but I like both. It's like using two different routes to get to the same internal destination.
    And I loved the alliteration too :)

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    Neville Hunt 5 months ago

    ...and probably literature too... 🤔

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    Drew Martyn 5 months ago

    Yes, that's true. Wonder why I hadn't thought of that.

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