Washing away the dust

I recently signed up for an Art History course studying European paintings from Leonardo to Rembrandt.

Right now I’m feeling slightly panicked as I have 4 days left of this first week and I still have  4 lectures to go. Now that mightn’t sound so bad to you, but I haven’t done the exercises yet for the first 2 lectures, nor have I even looked at the recommended readings!

What I can tell you however is that I’m already in love with this course. I found it on which offers free online quality educational courses. I’ve done a number of courses through them.

I honestly believe art must be experienced in person to get a sense of its magnitude. I know this because of the moment I rounded the corner in the Accademia Gallery in Florence and saw for the first time, Michelangelo’s marble masterpiece – David.

My emotions got the better of me and I just stood there and wept. I was still quite a way off, people were milling at his feet, but David towered over them in all his beauty – right there for me. I was speechless. (something beautiful to behold in itself , if you ask Gordon) I’m sure it was at  that moment I fell in love with art and developed a thirst for arthistory. I wanted to know more, both about the work and the artist himself.

Remembering back, I think  it was then that I truly experienced for the first time, Picasso’s famous quote – Art washing away from my soul the dust of everyday life. My tears felt like Alfred Austin’s summer rain, gentling cleansing as they fell.

I followed Michelangelo around Italy that year, much like a modern day stalker, finding him everywhere from Florence to Rome – in awe of each of his works. Now I have the opportunity to deepen my love affair, with knowledge  – I can’t wait!

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  • Sheila
    July 12, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    HiPam and Gordon,
    I just read Carianne her message on Facebook. So I click it, hopefully it will help you. I am her neighbour across the street.


    • thetravellingbookworm
      July 12, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks Sheila. We plan to head back to Amsterdam to visit with Carianne again. It would be great to catch up. I hope you enjoy following our journeys from over on this side of the ocean.