By Hannah Arendt
The ravages of heritage may quickly take them in really diverse instructions. After Hitler took energy in Germany in 1933, Heidegger grew to become rector of the college in Freiburg, offering a infamous pro-Nazi tackle that has been the topic of substantial controversy. Arendt, a Jew, fled Germany a similar yr, heading first to Paris after which to long island. within the many years to return, Heidegger will be well-known as possibly the main major thinker of the 20 th century, whereas Arendt could identify herself as a voice of sense of right and wrong in a century of tyranny and war.
Illuminating, revealing, and delicate all through, this correspondence deals a glimpse into the interior lives of 2 significant philosophers.
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Peter Martyr. “] 78. Now for your own practice in this, having first acquired the skill of exquisite delineation and laying of pure color, day by day you must draw some lovely natural form or flower or animal without obscurity—as in missal painting; choosing for study, in natural scenes, only what is beautiful and strong in life. 79. I fully anticipated, at the beginning of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, that they would have carried forward this method of work; but they broke themselves to pieces by pursuing dramatic sensation instead of beauty.
The first, “The Nativity, “ by Sandro Botticelli.  It is an early work by him; but a quite perfect example of what the masters of the pure Greek school did in Florence. [Footnote 10: Now in the National Gallery, No. 1034. ] One of the Greek main characters, you know, is to be [Greek: apros’pos], faceless. If you look first at the faces in this picture you will find them ugly—often without expression, always ill or carelessly drawn. The entire purpose of the picture is a mystic symbolism by motion and chiaroscuro.
In formal chiaroscuro, all these are to be considered as white, and drawn as if they were carved in marble. In the engraving of “Melancholy, “ what I meant by telling you it was in formal chiaroscuro was that the ball is white, the leaves are white, the dress is white; you can’t tell what color any of these stand for. On the contrary, to a colorist the first question about everything is its color. Is this a white thing, a green thing, or a blue thing? down must go my touch of white, green, or dark blue first of all; if afterwards I can make them look round, or like fruit and leaves, it’s all very well; but if I can’t, blue or green they at least shall be.
Lettere 1925-1975 by Hannah Arendt