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Albrecht Altdorfer, Countryside Forest with Saint George Fighting the Dragon 1510

Of the Terrible Doubt of Appearances

Of the terrible doubt of appearances,
Of the uncertainty after all, that we may be deluded,
That may-be reliance and hope are but speculations after all,
That may-be identity beyond the grave is a beautiful fable only,
May-be the things I perceive, the animals, plants, men, hills,
shining and flowing waters,
The skies of day and night, colors, densities, forms, may-be these
are (as doubtless they are) only apparitions, and the real
something has yet to be known,
(How often they dart out of themselves as if to confound me and mock me!
How often I think neither I know, nor any man knows, aught of them,)
May-be seeming to me what they are (as doubtless they indeed but seem)
as from my present point of view, and might prove (as of course they
would) nought of what they appear, or nought anyhow, from entirely
changed points of view;
To me these and the like of these are curiously answer’d by my
lovers, my dear friends,
When he whom I love travels with me or sits a long while holding me
by the hand,
When the subtle air, the impalpable, the sense that words and reason
hold not, surround us and pervade us,
Then I am charged with untold and untellable wisdom, I am silent, I
require nothing further,
I cannot answer the question of appearances or that of identity
beyond the grave,
But I walk or sit indifferent, I am satisfied,
He ahold of my hand has completely satisfied me.

—Walt Whitman, Leaves of grass


Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680)  Saint Longinus  circa 1628  terracotta

István Orosz - Corner House , 1993

❝ SYPHILIS : Plus ou moins, tout le monde en est affecté.

— Gustave Flaubert, Dictionnaire des idées reçues


Amor Victorious by Caravaggio
Date: 1602-1603


Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Sans Titre, 1930

Señores: la verdad del hombre —habla Mairena a sus alumnos de Retórica— empieza donde acaba su propia tontería. Pero la tontería del hombre es inagotable. Dicho de otro modo: el orador, nace; el poeta se hace con el auxilio de los dioses.

—Antonio Machado, Juan de Mairena


Arthur Boyd (Australian, 1920-1999), River in flood with carcass and rose, 1974-75. Oil on canvas, 152.5 x 121 cm.


Claude Monet Weeping willows 1897-98