Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Ugolino and his Sons, 1865–67, after a composition modeled in Rome c1860–61
“The story of the Pisan traitor Ugolino della Gherardesca, imprisoned with his sons and condemned to starvation, was told in Dante’s Inferno (canto 33). Carpeaux shows the anguished father resisting his children’s offer of their own bodies for his sustenance. The composition was cast in Bronze (1862-63, Musée d’Orsay, Paris). The owner of the Saint-Béat quarry commissioned this marble.”
Object Focus: The Book, Installation view, 2010-2011, Museum of Contemporary Craft
Photo by: Jake Stangel
Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an an enormous reward. You will have created something.