In Praise of Art

Not the pretentious self-styled “arte” with which the would-bes afflict us, but the real thing, or as close as you can get to it online: a virtualized view of the Sistine Chapel, post-restoration. Yes, this is the real thing. If you look closely, you can see the unevenly faded fabrics along the walls, and small tears caused by old cloth becoming brittle and pulling away under its own weight. You can also see unevenness with the floor tiles, and other such things that make it clear that this is actual footage of the chapel and not anything cleaned up, perfected, and shopped. About the only thing that’s missing is the crush of other people taking the tour.

Magnificent. Should this generation produce something half so wonderful, it will have done well.


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