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Author QuotedHerbert Eduard Read
Title QuotedIcon and Idea: The Function of Art in the Development of Human Consciousness
Date (Year/Month/Day)1965/10/06
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1955
QuotationPicture of Galla Placidia in H[erbert] Read's book [Icon and Idea, 1964]. Byzantine Medallion of her, her son and her daughter. A most lovely and fascinating picture. The children are beautiful but dull. She is full of life and character. A fascinating face. How is it that this face is so contemporary to me, so ready to speak to me? As if she were someone I had always known. I can imagine it is mother, perhaps, I see in her; there is some resemblance, the same kind of features. Anyway I am moved by the picture.
JournalDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 301
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