By Barbara Drake Boehm
This pleasant publication describes and illustrates the Metropolitan Museum’s number of approximately forty illuminations from Italian choral manuscripts. Representing the paintings of Gothic and Renaissance masters either celebrated and nameless, those valuable work in miniature---with their compelling narrative, very good colour, and shining gold---bear witness to unheard of aesthetic accomplishment. The choir books they light up are a wealthy resource of data in regards to the improvement of chant, whose unforeseen transcendent tonalities have abiding allure this day. additionally they function fundamental resources for the research of the lives of non secular groups and of the philosophy and religion that infused medieval Europe, delivering a glimpse of Italy on the sunrise of the Renaissance.
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They couldn’t or wouldn’t 43 First Principles put their belief into words, but the most extreme among them do believe (or at least feel) that by being authentic and spontaneous, by emulating the Noble Savage (as depicted by the media and much of academia), and by denying the necessity of any but voluntary structures and boundaries, humanity can finally overcome all the ills that have afflicted it for thousands of years. Now, all the mechanisms of social evil have been exposed, and like the Freudian exposure of the causes of a neurosis, this exposure will lead to an understanding that will collapse the dysfunction.
Any evidence that might contradict the hope of this natural utopia is only proof to modernism that things are screwed up now, that our right to the natural utopia is being derailed by corrupt influences now. Modernism draws inspiration from images such as we have mentioned, and from — shall we say — enthusiastically indulgent views of primitive cultures and the distant past. (We’ll use the term “primitive” to distinguish them from industrial/technological societies, where most people are not directly involved in hunting or growing food; but we should be aware of the real complexity and sophistication of so-called primitive societies).
Carol, in other words, is too big for it. In fact, Gopher Prairie has three thousand people, yet in the modernist perspective, Carol is too big for it. Here we see the modernist spirit, wanting to tower, independent and unencumbered, over community. Carol — modernist — educated and huge on one side; Gopher Prairie — several 13. , 1980, pp. 36 & 37. 14. Spengler, 1926, pp. 96 & 97. 24 II Rousseau, Two Lewises, and Mount Olympus thousand tiny souls — smaller in sum than Carol alone, on the other.