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The Louvre Museum is one of the most famous museums worldwide, and indeed, you can see there some very unique collections and pieces of Art. It’s Pyramid, build at the time of President Francois Mitterrand is also quite famous.
The guardians of the Museum are less known, just like the one appearing in this photograph which I had the opportunity to capture from the inside of the Pyramid.
He is watching the crowd from above at the main entrance square of the Museum. The reflection of the light on the Plexiglas combined with the one – light penetrating the structure of the pyramid in the background makes him appear as …. maybe an Angel. Not really a Guard. Well, I guess we could say a “Guardian Angel”.
I took this photograph, but to be honest I didn’t see this “Angel” when I pressed the shutter of the camera. I don’t even know for sure why I decided to take this specific picture. It’s as if the decision was not entirely mine, as if I only answered a call coming from far beyond my personality.
We often identify with our personality, but is this really us ? The word come from the Latin “persona” which means “mask”. But if the personality is our mask, then who are we? Logically, we should be the one under the mask, and discovering it, learning to know it, and to identify with it is the original goal of all philosopher.
“Know Yourself” was written on the Temple of Apollo in Delphi.
To do so, the mask must becomes transparent, and then the “real self” begins to act, to feel, to be in control. It is this “other self” which is considered by many cultures and philosophers as linked to Art, to Truth, to Good and to Justice …. as Plato would say.
This deeper part of ourself is not moved by opinions but by intelligence. It does not “like” or “dislike”, but responds to Beauty when it is encountered by it.
If that is so, then the Artist would be the one capable to seize the essence of Beauty and manifest it into a “Piece of Art”, be it a Sound or a Form, a Poem, a Painting, a Sculpture, a Symphony, a Photograph, a Dance or something else.
What is important is not the medium used to manifest the essence of Art or the Archetype, making it visible or audible to all. The producer himself is – at this specific moment – the deeper, invisible, and I would say “spiritual” self (in a non religious way ), and not the personality mask of our subjective opinions.
It is easy to manifest our opinions, people may like them but those will never be Art.
We are all capable of producing Art … but to do so, we must first die to our specific personal opinions.
No opinion is universal. Art is.Back to Gallery