Ana's thought: "The depth of my soul is measured by the profundity of my art."
When we remember the defining moments of art history, we call to mind
the painters and sculptors of the Renaissance - the geniuses
Michelangelo, Raphael, da Vinci, Dürer, Van Eyck - those driving forces
in a new age of realism who broke ground in perspective and colour. They
chose to serve as mirrors to their lives and their beliefs. In the
Baroque period, Caravaggio and Bernini imbued their works with potent
emotion - to this day, their art is irresistible to the eye of the
beholder, for it resonates deeply within our hearts. Amid the sea of
splendor that is our past, one cannot help but ask what today's art
world offers in response.
Today's world is one of commodity. Modern culture demands that our
gratification be instant - and in turn, all things are made instantly!
Our idea of success is something that darts by with all the quickness
and effete of a shooting star. Media insists that our attention span not
last longer than a handful of moments, and shock value and
sensationalism sing their siren songs to eager ears. Among all of this
disarray, it has become quite rare to find the pairing of substance and
beauty. We are told to reject the idea that art was something once
considered 'fine', that beauty is archaic.
In the age of masters, it was understood that art flourishes when
properly cultivated. Instinct was important, yes, but true magnificence
was mastered by learning. Through institutions like Florence's Accademia e Compagnia delle Arte di Disegno,
promising and passionate artists were given ample opportunity to
develop their skills. The modern push to constantly accelerate stifles
the promise of creative souls, deprives them of the life experience
necessary to awaken the greatness asleep inside them.
As artists, there are difficult questions ahead - who among us will
be brave enough to rise up and answer why have we chosen to turn our
backs on beauty and emotion? Why must our celebrations of the wondrous
human body be distorted and turned in to pornography? What messages are
we spreading through our art, and to whom do they speak? Above all, can
we still expect to ignite fires that will burn forever, marking our time
as something resplendent, in an age that praises only entertainment and