Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How to Party Like a Scholar, 1558

"It is not fitting to be melancholy or distracted in the company of others. This may be accepted of people who have long pursued studies in the arts which, as I have heard, are called 'liberal arts,' but it should not, under any condition, be allowed of other people."  
Giovanni della Casa, Il Galateo overo de' costumi (1558)
They’re called liberal arts because they liberate you from the duty to socialize without weeping.

Domenico Fetti, Malinconia (c. 1620), Louvre

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