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"Any one who understands how to observe the monuments, and who is willing with indefatigable ardor to test afresh and compare all forms, may nowadays by means of photography… obtain a picture of Greek art far more richly colored than the pale and meager image we have hitherto possessed."

                     --Adolph Furtwängler, Berlin 1895


"Kein Sonntag ohne denkmal." (No Sunday without a monument.)
                     -- Anonymous nineteenth-century German art historian.

"We have set thee at the centre of the universe that thou mayest from thence more easily observe whatever is in the world.  We have made thee neither of heaven or of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, so that with freedom of choice and with honor, as though the sculptor and molder of thyself, those mayest fashion thyself in whatever shape thou shalt prefer.  Thou have the power to degenerate into the lower forms of life, which are brutish.  Thou shalt have the power, out of thy soul's judgment, to be reborn into the higher forms, which are divine."  --Pico della Mirandola, Oration on the Dignity of Man, 1486.


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