Out of Need for Beauty

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Beauty is something extremely important. However, we do not know what it actually is. Beauty surrounds us. We desire to commune with it, but it eludes all definitions.

"For by the greatness and beauty of the creatures proportionably the maker of them is seen." The idea behind this sentence from Book of Wisdom (13,5) is that an unbreakable bond exists between the inside of the maker and his creation. Beautiful people create beautiful works. Highly sensitive, they see each moment as the incarnation of beauty. They notice art in human faces, the charm of the morning, the southern wind...

There is something unmoved in beauty, something that calms and arrests one. Even when the northern lights subtly change their colourful tones and lily flowers sway with the wind, the whole in its unreachable depth remains unmoved.

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As C.K. Norwid wrote: "For beauty exists in order to amaze". Awed by beauty, we remain in silent admiration, lost for words that would embrace or define it. Many distinguished artists have tried to capture this experience for ages.

A constant need for finding beauty in this world called them to share with others what they managed to discover, embrace, connect with and finally... create.

Thus frequently word-elusive beauty lies hidden in pictures, gestures, locked in poetry and music.

In his latest project on the subject of light and space, Federico Picci, a contemporary artist, captured a scene showing the beauty of music. As he himself explained: "I tried to show how something immaterial like music, can fill the room with his beauty".

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Beauty = Goodness

It is worth noting that in two biblical languages, mainly Hebrew and Greek, there is one word which simultaneously expresses the concepts of goodness and beauty. When one says that something is good, it automatically means that it is also beautiful. There are no two separate words for both concepts. 'Good' and 'beautiful' mean exactly the same thing.

An artist searching for inspiration in the surrounding world creates his work piece by piece. When he has found beauty in nature's creations, he tries to add its most precious part to his work, so as to be able to rediscover it in years to come, and encounter goodness again. It is similar with the viewer. When art delights and strongly moves him, he can feel goodness washing over him, straight from the heart. Communing with art enriches him. It makes him more sensitive, imaginative, appreciative of what surrounds him. Let Aristotle's words sum this phenomenon up: when asked why we spend so much time communing with beauty, he replied: "Only a blind man could ask this question".