Why I’m Thankful for Art

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I am thankful for art because:

During times of grief, it has made me feel less alone.

Pietà by Michelangelo
Michelangelo’s Pieta. St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

It makes me laugh (Hey, Minions are art too!):

Magritte Minion
Magritte Minion. Minion Movie, 2015.

Art teaches me how to tell a great story.

Titian’s Bacchus and Ariadne. National Gallery, London.
Titian’s Bacchus and Ariadne. National Gallery, London.

It pulls me into the mind of someone else…

Rodin’s Thinker. Musee Rodin, Paris.
Rodin’s Thinker. Musee Rodin, Paris.

AND into their hearts, too.

Lichtenstein’s Kiss II. Private Collection
Lichtenstein’s Kiss II. Private Collection

It introduces me to new friends…

Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. Neue Galerie, New York.
Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. Neue Galerie, New York.

…And reminds me of old ones.

Leonardo’s Mona Lisa. Louvre, Paris.
Leonardo’s Mona Lisa. Louvre, Paris.

It teaches me to play…

L’ecoute by Henri de Miller outside of St. Eustache Church in Paris
L’ecoute by Henri de Miller outside of St. Eustache Church in Paris

…And learn…

Raphael’s School of Athens. In Raphael Rooms at the Vatican Museums
Raphael’s School of Athens. In Raphael Rooms at the Vatican Museums

…And break the rules.

Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

It shows me how to stand up for myself and others…

Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People. Louvre, Paris
Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People. Louvre, Paris

…Be true to my way of seeing the world…

Van Gogh’s The Starry Night. MOMA, New York
Van Gogh’s The Starry Night. MOMA, New York

…And aspire to brilliance.

O’Keeffe’s Series/White and Blue Flower Shapes. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico
O’Keeffe’s Series/White and Blue Flower Shapes. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Art reminds me take a break and go for a walk in the woods…

Durand’s Kindred Spirits. Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, Arkansas
Durand’s Kindred Spirits. Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, Arkansas

…Spend time with friends…

Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party. Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party. Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

…And dance.

Degas’ Blue Dancers. Musee D’Orsay, Paris.
Degas’ Blue Dancers. Musee D’Orsay, Paris.

It gives me faith in something larger than myself…

Raphael’s Transfiguration. Vatican Museums, Vatican City
Raphael’s Transfiguration. Vatican Museums, Vatican City

And proves the impossible is possible.

Michelangelo’s David. Academia Gallery, Florence
Michelangelo’s David. Academia Gallery, Florence

I am thankful for art because it changes the way I see the world.

This post was originally published by Stephanie Storey on OilandMarble.com.

Stephanie Storey is a writer and art fanatic. She has a degree in Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University and an MFA from Emerson College. She studied art in Italy and went on a pilgrimage to see every Michelangelo on public display. Her debut novel “Oil and Marble” (art historical fiction about the real-life rivalry between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo) is a Los Angeles Times bestseller. Read more at OilandMarble.com.

 

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