Bernard Berenson was an American art historian who specialised in the Renaissance art. He studied at some of the most renowned universities including Harvard during which he met a couple of legendary artists. These artists are believed to have inspired him to publish various studies on art. He further became a dealer under a famous British collector. These experiences encouraged him to publish his first book titled ‘The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance with an Index to their Works’. He displayed his knowledge combined with his systematic approach, which was appreciated by the masses. This also brought him his first share of fame and motivated him to further publish various books. Almost all his books justified his reputation but his most notable work was ‘The Italian Painters of the Renaissance’. The book was a huge success and enhanced his reputation globally. By this time he was a renowned name in the field of arts and his reviews had a great influence on the paintings being sold. Go through the quotes and thoughts by Bernard Berenson about life, art, artists, Renaissance and more
The artist, depicting man disdainful of the storm and stress of life, is no less reconciling and healing than the poet who, while endowing Nature and Humanity, rejoices in its measureless superiority to human passions and human sorrows.
The Renaissance had resulted in the emancipation of the individual, in making him feel that the universe had no other purpose than his happiness. This brought an entirely new answer to the question, 'Why should I do this or that?' It used to be, 'Because self-instituted authority command you.' The answer now was, 'Because it is good for men.' In this lies our greatest debt to the Renaissance, that it instituted the welfare of men as the end of all action.
Pessimism like calumny is easy to do, and attracts immediate attention. The gossiper and the writer may find this out soon enough, and a little encouragement from the current mood will procure them successes that bring endless imitators in their trail. On the other hand saying good things about life in general and individuals in particular and making it interesting is a serious task which few can achieve with credit.
Enemies could become the best companions. Companionship is based on a common interest, and the greater the interest the closer the companionship. What makes enemies of people, if not the eagerness, the passion for the same thing?
German is of stone, limestone, pudding stone, marble, granite even, and so to a considerable degree is English, whereas French is bronze and gives out a metallic resonance with tones that neither German nor English tolerate.
Consistency, commonly thought of as a good thing, requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
Government is the art of the momentary feasible, of the least bad attainable, and not of the rationally most desirable.
One can repent even of having repented.
As I got warmed up, and felt perfectly at home in talk, I heard myself boasting, lying, exaggerating. Oh, not deliberately, far from it. It would be unconvivial and dull to stop and arrest the flow of talk, and speak only after carefully considering whether I was telling the truth.
Who will free me from hurry, flurry, the feeling of a crowd pushing behind me, of being hustled and crushed? How can I regain even for a minute the feeling of ample leisure I had during my early, my creative years? Then I seldom felt fussed, or hurried. There was time for work, for play, for love, the confidence that if a task was not done at the appointed time, I easily could fit it into another hour. I used to take leisure for granted, as I did time itself.