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By Katya Berger Andreadakis

It is a sequence of letters among the writer and paintings critic, John Berger, and his daughter Katya. This correspondance is the motor vehicle for a chain of insights into the standard existence and the humanities of the nice Venetian grasp, Titian, following an uncanny incident at an exhibition of his paintings staged in Venice in 1990. whereas attending the exhibition, Katya met an previous guy, who she grew to become confident used to be the ghost of the painter. the fellow engaged her in dialog approximately minute peculiarities of portray the various photographs there. She shared the adventure together with her father in a letter. He approved the come across at face worth and mentioned the historic heritage to the previous man's feedback, looking solutions to a sequence of evidential questions about his daughter's come across. From this element on, the booklet sees the 3 of them discussing portray, our bodies, animals, Greece, being a girl at the present time, the consistent enigma of lifestyles, and way of life. The publication is illustrated with the Titian work that have been being exhibited, allowing readers to pass judgement on for themselves what the potential customer from 4 centuries in the past has to assert to buyers.

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The very complexity of lifestyles is straightforward for them. every little thing is in every little thing. Their vases converse. As I’m pondering this, the bus no. 222 crosses a wide construction web site, the place paintings is being performed at the destiny metro line. I detect a big cement mixer. It has the notice Titan published on it. Straightaway I take those letters to be an indication (or an allure? ) from the previous guy. He’s attempting to inform me anything. Urgently. At this second. What does the signal with the ‘I’ lacking suggest? the way to learn it? The Flaying of Marsyas, the fur pix, the boys with their canines, the Magdalenes clothed of their personal curls, bare one of the rocks, the nymphs followed by way of the woodland, the dozing courtesans wearing their nudity, the hairs, the canvases of ‘peach stone’ – doesn’t all this belong to an analogous ‘homogeneity’? I’m tempted to name it a vintage homogeneity, for the ‘inside-outness’ comes not just from weather and geography but in addition from the background of the vintage philosophers, from a definite view of the cosmos, a definite popularity, misplaced over the centuries in different nations much less connected to culture and extra open to dissidence, schisms, and growth. eventually, within the outdated man’s paintings one reveals a frankness, a familiarity, that is the final result of going back and forth among the interior and the surface and of one of those contempt for the frontier, visible as a heresy. It’s as though either Titian and the folks of this kingdom suppose their position as sinners and whilst avidly chunk into each forbidden fruit! They insist on continuous conversation among the 2 aspects of any barrier; they do not want divisions and differences. during this Promethean perspective, there’s a vanity, a defiance, even an aggression; they usurp the prerogatives of the gods, they usually pummel every thing with their fingers, ignoring any hierarchy. therefore the undying outdated guy of the south used to be so devoted to his personal intuition and senses that he brushed the area as though it belonged to him – as though it used to be his personal beard. you discover an identical wonderful conceitedness in Mayakovsky, in Fellini, in Courbet, in all those that desired to consume the universe, who communed by means of interfering, and who gave by way of seizing. while Titian appeared, he observed himself. whilst he painted, he painted himself. And vice versa! all of the boundaries are down. while he makes gold rain on Danaë, it floods the area. And his paintings starts – opposed to all rational argument – with the equivalence among the act of receiving and the act of spilling. taking a look at his work and seeing this triumph, we consider a feeling of aid. rather a lot pleasure and the sort of promise of a cosmic reconciliation take approximately all of the weight off our shoulders. With the obstacles down, we're swept away and consoled. might or not it's that good looks – as particular from that which stimulates intellectually and feeds on changes, choices, paradoxes, conventions being knocked down and rebuilt, different types continuously being redefined, all types of line drawn as a way to separate – may perhaps it's that attractiveness is born of a soup of every little thing combined jointly, gushing out with none order or precedence, its arm around the waist of existence, and without any of the primness which comes from classifying – may possibly or not it's that attractiveness is born of colored stuff unfolded for the affection of existence?

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