|Oil on canvas by Caravaggio, 1597-1599.|
Yikes - I wish one of you had warned me about this risk when I told you I'd be drinking a lot of water this week! Luckily, none of my coffee mugs has been "grande" enough to clearly reflect my own "image of beauty" ... I'm sure I would have been quite captivated, had this been the case!
In all seriousness, I'm surprised I haven't already written about the Narcissus myth. A wariness of destructive vanity is at the heart of this project. I was once trapped by my own image, though it was more of a love/hate relationship. Whether we stare obsessively at our reflections because of extreme pride and self-love, or due to crippling insecurities, the result is the same: we might not literally die from it, but in those moments we stop actively living our lives. I'm tempted to track down a potted Narcissus plant to keep on hand as a reminder of this lesson. Any green thumbs out there know how to grow one (and keep it alive!)?
For you art fans out there, check out this intense painting of the Narcissus myth, by Salvador Dali.
|Oil on Canvas by Salvador Dali (1937)|
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