It was lunch time, and all the people who were attending the conference, were making their way to the lunch area. One big mass of people flowing in the same direction, driven by the innate feeling of hunger. I was slowly walking along, as if I had been part of a school of fish swimming in the ocean.
As we passed two massive, wooden doors, and entered a hall that lead to the lunch area, I suddenly stopped and couldn’t move. As if somebody had cast a spell on me.
The hall we had entered, had a high, intricately carved ceiling, and it was completely white. The walls . . . the floor . . . the ceiling.
At the other end of the hall, there was a huge window that filled the room with the most amazing, soft light I have ever seen!
While the masses of hungry people pushed past me, I just stood there, staring at the intricately carved details in the ceiling, and taking in the light that filled the room. It turned the white of the walls into hundreds of different shades and nuances. It was, as if time stood still!
It was breathtaking!
I waited for most of the people to walk past me, and on the expense that there wouldn’t be much left for me to eat, I grabbed my camera. I wanted to capture the atmosphere in that room, if that was ever really, truly possible in a photo. I wanted to show the amazing, artistic details of the carved ceiling, and the fact, that white isn’t just white, but so many shades in between.
I wouldn’t even begin to guess, how many hours of work it took to create that stunning ceiling! It’s a masterpiece!
But, I’m not surprised, because you wouldn’t expect anything less from Italian artists. And Italian architecture never ceases to amaze me!
The hall, I’m referring to, is inside the Palazzo Marino, in Milan, Italy. Just a few 100 meters away from the breathtaking and world-famous Milan Cathedral, ‘Il Duomo’. Yet, nobody but me, even lifted their heads to marvel at that wonderful work of art.
Every time I see something so extraordinary, I get sad and angry!
Angry, about the fact that in today’s world, we no longer teach our children how to create such beautiful artistry.
And, what is Art, anyway?
In a world, where houses are blocks of concrete, and painters splash a few drops of paint on a canvas and call it Art. What?
I can’t believe, people have stopped appreciating and valuing artists’ work! All those painters, dressmakers, shoemakers, photographers, etc. have to explain why they’re charging so much for their work, and clients complain that it’s still too expensive for them.
Everything just has to be cheap, fast and convenient.
Where is humanity going to end up, if we stop seeing and creating beautiful things? I don’t even want to know!
It filled me with so much pleasure, to be in that amazing hall, soaking up the light, and marveling at the work of artists, who might have died poor but proud of their achievement.
If you’re an artist of any kind, photographer, jewelry maker, watercolor artist, graphic designer, or even if you’re simply knitting scarfs for your grandchildren, I hope you will keep pushing yourself and your artistry forward. Even if you’re struggling to make ends meet, never forsake your passion!
Be inspired by other artists, and help us keep ART alive for future generations. It is their heritage! Don’t let ART die, simply because it isn’t financially viable for our economists.
Keep going, inspire, and pass on your artistic skills to younger generations, so we can KEEP ART ALIVE!
Thank You for caring!
With Love, Monika
P.S. I have devoted my November desktop calendar to the celebration of ART. Please, feel free to use it as a reminder to KEEP ART ALIVE!
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