Tuesday, March 15, 2005

The Death of Socrates

...an oil painted in 1787 by Jacques Louis David and this Etruscan sarcophagus in the Louvre are the two works of art Seamus Heaney, in his tribute to Czeslaw Milosz, says "have about them a typically Miloszian combination of solidity and spiritual force". I remember reading the tribute back in September, but I hadn't looked at the work until now. From now on I imagine these two images will come to mind every time I read Milosz's work.

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