Art, sense and feelings


There once was a man obsessed with grids. He called himself the Grid Man. Like any average person, the Grid Man had his share of various and sundry heroes, in his case, figures throughout history who he was convinced shared his passion for grids. That notwithstanding, it should perhaps come as no surprise whatsoever that there was one name he placed far above all others -- indeed, the towering figure who he considered his spiritual mentor. That figure was none other than Leonardo da Vinci, whose veritable obsession with grids -- at least in the mind of our hero -- could accurately be said to match his own both in content and in intensity, a fact indisputably proven by the body of work Leonardo left behind.

Sometimes, the Grid Man would think back on his happy childhood days in Imola in Northern Italy, and when he did, he couldn't suppress a nostalgic sigh. "Ah, the good ol' days, le vieux style," as he used to call it, as exemplified by the works of Leonardo himself -- of course! -- but also by the works of others like Leon Battista Alberti, or Albrecht Durer (if only for this one remarkable woodcut) or even Robert Fludd, the British cosmologist and philosopher who, like Durer before him, had several occasions to directly reference in his own work Alberti's famous "voile intersecteur."

And if, during one of the Grid Man's bucolic and bi-monthly weekend excursions into Time Travel, he wandered from his usual Renaissance hangouts half a millennium into the future only to stumble upon, let's say, Egon Schiele -- hardly someone you could classify as old style and yet, miraculously, exhibiting unmistakable signs of grid lust in his sketch for the 1909 Danae -- if something like that were to happen, the Grid Man would be no less enthralled. In fact, it was precisely in these unexpected moments of joyous discovery that our hero's heart would veritably skip a beat.

"Noble creatures all," thought the Grid Man, bound together by a shared love for those little squares, and squares within squares, and squares within squares within squares.

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