Weekly Photo Challenge: ENDURANCE

Endurance, how many ways can we celebrate thee?

I’ll lead off with a saying (in Latin, for added authority):

ARS LONGA, VITA BREVIS

Which can be translated as Life is Fleeting (Brief), but Art Endures (is Long). And nowhere is this more easily illustrated than in any museum. Here we are in the newly renovated and refurbished Yale University Art Gallery, a magnificent repository of enduring splendors. Here are four very modern ladies admiring a battered, but still enduringly beautiful, woman of ancient Greece:

In the Art Gallery at YaleHere’s another very modern (catch the informal attire) visitor who is in turn being scrutinized by an ancient Assyrian king. He offers her whatever is in the bag he carries, but she doesn’t even notice:

Chosen, Unwittingly, by the King

In another room of the gallery, a Buddha from China holds his lotus pose as he has been doing for centuries:

Chinese Buddha, Meditating

The Buddha’s hands form the samadhi mudra, the gesture of meditation, which is itself an ancient form. Millions of contemporary meditators will perform this same hand gesture in their daily practice this very day or evening or night.

Indeed, Art is long, and much of it endures far beyond the scope of fleeting human life.

(To come, Natural Forces, Architecture, and Artifacts of Endurance — stay tuned.)

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10 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: ENDURANCE

  1. Stef says:

    Very well said. Of course the Buddha image is my favorite. 🙂

  2. Barbara says:

    These historical and beautiful artifacts have indeed endured the test of time and we still get to enjoy and appreciate them today.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      A function which museums mostly perform admirably. I love them, along with libraries, which do the same for the written word. Or have so far — one wonders these days.
      Thanks for visiting from the other side of the world!

  3. jfb57 says:

    The Egyptians have always fascinated me so they get my vote! Thank goodness someone had the sense to preserve our art legacy!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      It’s why it’s so horrifying when political vandalism aims at destroying it — attacking our civilizations at the roots. (Sigh.)
      But it’s Sunday here, still Sunday for you — and a day to relax and enjoy. Have a great day, Julia.

  4. Jen Payne says:

    It is one of my favorite things about museum visits – to see familiar gestures and actions that span centuries. There is a moment of “no way!” at the ordinary: the eating of a meal, the act of prayer, the doing of routine. Endurance, indeed, the acts of humans on this planet. (For better or for worse, I suppose.)

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Undoubtedly for better AND for worse, considered the dual nature of humans. (Alas, that includes me and perhaps even thee!)
      Today’s your big exciting day, Jen, BOOK LAUNCH! Congratulations!
      🙂

  5. I love the offering of the bag. I don’t think this could have been posed better if it had been planned. Wonderful!

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