Vermeer is Not Just About the Light: Art is Not Just Technique

While looking at a painting at the National Gallery’s wonderful exhibit about Vermeer and his contemporaries, I overheard an individual exclaim: “Vermeer is all about the light”. “Poor person”, I thought to myself, “now he was going to look at Continue reading Vermeer is Not Just About the Light: Art is Not Just Technique

“Heart and Soul” is a Chaconne – So What?

I was absolutely stunned when, in my late teens, I encountered the last movement of Bach’s Partita #2 for Violin, the “Great Chaconne”. I never cared why it was called a chaconne. Today we consider any music that repeats a Continue reading “Heart and Soul” is a Chaconne – So What?

Greatness in Artistic Form

“When we tell a story in cinema, we should resort to dialogue only when it’s impossible to do otherwise. I always try first to tell a story in the cinematic way, through a succession of shots and bits of film Continue reading Greatness in Artistic Form