by Diego Cuoghi
(translation: Daniela Cisi)

from Sprezzatura Website


“Meanwhile the average man had become progressively less able to recognize the subjects or understand the meaning of the works of art of the past. Fewer people had read the classics of Greek and Roman literature, and relatively few people read the Bible with the same diligence that their parents had done. It comes as a shock to an elderly man to find how many biblical references have become completely incomprehensible to the present generation.”

Kenneth Clark
( introduction to "Dictionary of subjects and symbols in Art" by James Hall)