Fiorenza, in the age of the Medicis
First, one must have a sense of line—
you will never be an artist if you have no sense of line.
Note there, for instance: that line of yours askew
diminishes the gesture of the Christ Child. What we make—
whether the subject’s classical or divine—
must like bodies heavenly and human be aligned
with the golden mean and Vitruvian proportion.
No, it is not to please the eye—or not merely—
but because the word cosmos means order,
and because we borrow the epithet of God
the Creator in the making of our worlds—
and there are no worlds without lines. Enough today.
Read your Euclid and return to me tomorrow,
when we will do nothing but draw lines.
Thomas Vozar was born in Cleveland, Ohio. After being educated by the Jesuits of Saint Ignatius High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Latin from Oberlin College and his master’s degree in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania.