Can you name 3 famous people from the Renaissance—who weren’t artists?
Catherine de Medici doesn’t count because she supported the arts. My point is that from the 14th century into the 16th (and up to the 18th in parts of Europe) artists dominated world thinking and the human race made more progress than it had in the 1000+ years before. Rulers and Kings routinely kept composers, playwrights and painters in their courts, and the notions of philosophers, scientist/artists (for science was more about imagination than rigorous study it is today), led the thinking of the European powers. The power of the people was in the arts.
Think of that the next time you think something you paint, write, compose, perform or photograph doesn’t matter.
Artists are the free thinkers of our planet. It’s because our notions are uncensored that they are valuable. We can leave it to others to take or leave what we dare to suggest. The only job of an artist is to put it out there.
So here is my contribution for today: Let’s make Sting the CEO of BP.
Art has a conscience when the rest of the world forgets…
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