Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Garden of Earthly Delights II


...To explain what we mean by a single example: the mythology
of the Greeks, which undeniably contains an infinite meaning and
a symbolism for all ideas, arose among a people, and in a fashion,
which both make it impossible to suppose any comprehensive forethought
in devising it, or in the harmony whereby everything is united into one 
great whole. So it is with every true work of art, in that every one of them
is capable of being expounded ad infinitum, as though it contained an
infinity of purposes, while yet one is never able to say whether this infinity 
has lain within the artist himself, or resides only in the work of art.
F.W.J. Schelling