Monday, June 06, 2011

Crystallisation of Loss

Or consider the eponymous John Banvard, an American artist and showman, whose life, Collins says, was "the most perfect crystallisation of loss imaginable". In the mid-19th century he was the richest and most famous painter in the world because of his landscape dioramas, but of both man and his works virtually nothing remains today.

-Umberto Eco

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