The luckiest visit

THE FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH ENGLISH LITERATURE USED TO HAPPEN WHEN YOU STARTED TO STUDY CLASSICS OR TAKING SIMILAR SUBJECTS, HOWEVER, I COULD REMEMBER A BOOK FILL WITH DIFFERENT STORIES OF ROMANTIC TRAGEDIES. I CANNOT RECALL THE AUTHOR, IT WAS PROBABLY PUBLISHED BEFORE I WAS BORN. IT WAS NOT A NICE ENCOUNTER, IT WAS VERY SAD, I THINK IT WAS NOT INTERESTING TO FIND A GROUP OF LOVELY STORIES ENDING IN SO BAD TERMS. IN THESE STORIES THE POISONS DID NOT MAKE YOU FALL IN LOVE BUT DRAIN YOUR LIFE AWAY FROM YOU AS WELL AS THE READERS’ POSSIBILITIES OF HAVING AN EXPERIENCE OF HAPPINESS WHILE ENJOYING A HAPPY READING BECAUSE THE LOVERS WERE, SOMETIMES, UNABLE TO CREATE A REAL OPPORTUNITY TO STAY TOGETHER OR AFTER BEING EXPOSED TO THE CRUELEST OBSTACLES THEY DID NOT FIND A WAY TO SUCCEED AS THEY’D HAVE A CHANCE TO ENJOY THE BEST PART OF A GOOD AND HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP SINCE THE STORY BEGINS.

I could think about all these memories in few seconds while I was observing the paintings and sculptures exhibited at the Schaeffer Gallery. When I found the portrait of Isolde the paragraphs giving details of this romance comes to my mind like I had been checking the stories of Tristan and Isolde; Lancelot and Guinevere, Orpheus and Eurydice, among others, yesterday.

The first one was the story of  Isolde, an Irish Princess, having the ability to remind clearly the description of a woman with white skin and intense red-brownish hair as the best symbol of incredible beauty at that time. My grandmother used to have next to her bed a pile of books, which a variety of topics. It was impossible to ignore her love for reading. Particularly, when she explained she used to read a long story as Don Quixote by Miguel more than twice in her life just for enjoying the story. However, it was not the famous and most important creation of Spanish literature, which I found first, the relevant encounter arrived at least seven or eight years later at the high school library.

 I am not going to lie I’ve never had the intention to finish the entire book, I got enough with my regular classes at that time. My curiosity and time brought me the chance of reading three or four stories from the seven written by the author.

The story gave me the first approach to the conception and representation of female heroine, as any children fantasized about the different kinds of women she would like to become as an adult, however, as with the original Mermaid storyline, both brought me the sense of losing not my time but my hope while I was reading the story and while I was thinking about the way the story goes until the end, I love the characters, for that reason it was not something I would remember as enjoyable. For a great love, it is necessary a better outcome…

La Belle Yseult by John Bedford

What are the differences between Arts and Spectacle?

Following my path giving a few steps across the Schaeffer Gallery and walking between the beautiful sculptures represented and inspired by the Hellenic myth, which had inspired modern stories, as well as, letting us known better the perception of Greek citizens, then Romans about God’s values in the Imaginarium of whom we recognise as the first creators of multiple Arts, Skills, and Science, which are still part of regular knowledge at modern studies.

Another interesting aspect was finding people from different cities. Also, having the chance to enjoy some wonderful paintings, which reflect different Periods of our World History, from different periods of our History. On the walls, the paintings showed multiple details of ancient figures as Heracles, Bacchus, Aphrodite, a molded body of a wild lion in the moment of eating the prey. The exhibition works better as a metaphor of life and time. Even when the events had passed at least more than 20 centuries ago.

Watching the beauty of a couple in the point of waiting for n execution in the Roman Colosseum. There should be a tragic

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Francois PONCET, VENUS, 1782

scene but the only thing you could find in that image is the peace love brings when it is real. You watched it and you knew there is no fear to leave the world because you had known the true meaning, sleeping under the shadows waiting to be killed by hungry lions, I am not sure if Tristan and Ysolde could be more dramatic than this but even when the concept of love gained an extremely popular place in Culture around the nineteenth century. Undoubtedly, having the vision as a painter to imagine that kind of feeling in an ancient period has a particular beauty. It is not only about being able to capture the scene or the bodies but providing the emotion and feeling of the people, who experience an unfair death for their beliefs.

The extreme point of marking a cross on the sand while you were waiting to be eaten by two huge beasts is not the best way to find peace on Earth but the solemn expression of the victim in the arena could represent our ancient need of a dramatic spectacle. It happened until today when we see how bulls are killed in Spain for satisfying the audience. What is the difference between Arts and Spectacle? Is a good question, especially when we appreciate it had not ended. We still observed how the mass needs to see blood over the powder of a modern Colosseum. After all this time, we hadn’t changed in some details. If you want to enjoy the third part…

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