Several Years back I went to Paris….I absolutely loved it and felt right at home, and dare I say Paris loved me right back. From the start of my trip to the end of my trip, it's as if the Gods were conspiring to have me, have an awesome time. Every where I went people would offer to help in some way or other, whether it was directions or getting free stuff…
One of the highlights (for my inner artist) on my trip was actually going to the Louvre. I loved everything…the gardens…the beautiful glass pyramid….the architecture of the actual building, and that's just the outside.
Inside, the Louvre did not disappoint. The museum is full of some of the most mind blowing works of art the world has ever known. Just standing in front of these masterpieces could potentially alter your view on life.
As I made my way through the museum, I found myself in the most crowded room of the Louvre. There she was... Aphrodite (Venus) of Milos. I (as well as every other person in the room) was in awe. It's one thing to see pictures of this statue and a completely different experience to actually see it up close and personal. It seems fitting that Aphrodite with her all her beauty would command the most adoration in a museum full of some of the world's greatest masterpieces.
Looking at this great work of the past, raises lots of thoughts and questions for me….like…what actually makes this a timeless masterpiece?….Is it just a simple case of fine craftsmanship? Is it the material, and if so would it still have the same appeal if it was made out of …say….copper? Or is it the symmetry and proportion...the obvious and not so obvious shapes that are hidden in the sculpture?
We've all heard the old adage "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" to a some extent this is true. But how is it that some things remain beautiful and others "don't age so gracefully?"All you have to do is take a look around and you see this idea everywhere.
Fashion is a glaring example of this. Have you ever bought something that was super trendy and was considered visually pleasing... initially…but when you look at pictures of yourself wearing that item or having that hairstyle ….the only thing you can think of is "What was I thinking ?"
In my old age (42), I have come to the conclusion that, there are fashions that have a timeless appeal.
Maybe, one deciding factor is how much love and passion an artist/designer/creator puts in to the creation…...