EJN Remembrance #13: o dolce lume a cui fidanza i’ entro


Edward G. Nilges, “State of a Portrait of Edward Joseph Nilges as of 21 Sep 2010”, acrylic on oval canvas, 20 * 60 cm

Edward G. Nilges, “Detail of State of a Portrait of Edward Joseph Nilges as of 21 Sep 2010”, acrylic on oval canvas, 20 * 60 cm

Edward G. Nilges, “Computer-modified detail of State of a Portrait of Edward Joseph Nilges as of 21 Sep 2010”, acrylic on oval canvas, 20 * 60 cm

Edward G. Nilges, “Monochrome detail of State of a Portrait of Edward Joseph Nilges as of 21 Sep 2010”, acrylic on oval canvas, 20 * 60 cm

“O dolce lume a cui fidanza i’ entro
per lo novo cammin, tu ne conduci,”
dicea, “come condur si vuol quinc’ entro.

Tu scaldi il mondo, tu sovr’ esso luci;
s’altra ragione in contrario non ponta,
esser dien sempre li tuoi raggi duci.”

‘O sweet light, in whose help I trust
as I set out upon this unknown road,’ he said,
‘give us whatever guidance here is needed.

‘You shed your light upon the world and warm it.
Unless we find good reason to do other,
your rays must always be our guide.’

Dante, Purgatorio XIII, from The Princeton Dante Project

I have started adding the colour.

Psychoanalysis: considered futile and otiose. But when I listen to the pieties of a Tony Blair, I reflect that I got more done in my “psychoanalysis” (Rogerian analysis in the 1960s and 1970s) than Blair got in church.

The denial of the Shadow and, above all, the greasy way in which journalists talk about “faith” using a word uglified by the fact that their surface respect conceals contempt.

Psychiatry’s superego considered as part of the fundamental furniture of your head makes it possible to do things “out of the blue”:

I never done good things
I never done bad things
I never did anything out of the blue

David Bowie

A universal command to be egoistic and to adopt (cf Zizek) advertising as a phony superego creates addiction, because doing something in self-interest isn’t usually spontaneous.

The only really honest image above may be the monochrome.

The OD shirt must be unfinished, but beneath it the transition from earth to blue seems to work. The lettering of “O anima cortese Mantoana” needs work.


Edward G. Nilges 19 September 2010

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