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Even if the simple peasant fervour of the figures appearing in medieval pictures may not be in accord with modern mentalities, yet the authentic inspiration is there; also admiration is due for the magnificent paintwork itself, the clear luminous colouring, and the skilled drawing of a Piero della Francesca or a Fra Angelico. Art was alive then, artists were creative, talent was visible, and training was fundamental. Today the contrast is saddening: pseudo-art flourishes, is well-paid, while the taste for the real thing is little.

-- Notebooks Category 14: The Arts in Culture > Chapter 4: Reflections On Specific Arts > # 277

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