Inspiring quotes by Bernard Berenson

Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Bernard Berenson

  • Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
  • I would I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.
  • The average European does not seem to feel free until he succeeds in enslaving and oppressing others.
  • When everything else physical and mental seems to diminish, the appreciation of beauty is on the increase.
  • You can parody and make fun of almost anything, but that does not turn the universe into a caricature.
  • Psychoanalysts are not occupied with the minds of their patients; they do not believe in the mind but in a cerebral intestine.
  • It makes me happy to encounter goodness, love of work, humane intelligence, and people no matter at what kind of job, be it ever so humble, or ever so exalted, who do it well and con amore.
  • There are two futures, the future of desire and the future of fate, and man’s reason has never learned to separate them.
  • Life has taught me that it is not for our faults that we are disliked and even hated, but for our qualities.
  • The artist, depicting man disdainful of the storm and stress of life, is no less reconciling and healing than the poet who, while endowing Nature and Humanity, rejoices in its measureless superiority to human passions and human sorrows.

Bernard Berenson (1865–1959) was a preeminent art historian renowned for his expertise in Italian Renaissance art. Born in Lithuania, Berenson moved to the United States with his family in 1875. He studied at Harvard University, developing a passion for art history, particularly Italian Renaissance works.

Berenson’s career was distinguished by his exceptional connoisseurship and scholarship. He became famous for his expertise in attributing and authenticating Italian Renaissance paintings. His methodical approach and discerning eye made him a sought-after consultant for art collectors, museums, and dealers.

Berenson’s most significant contribution was his publication of several influential books, notably “The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance” (1894) and “The Drawings of the Florentine Painters” (1903), establishing his reputation as a leading authority in the field.

He settled in Italy and amassed a substantial collection of art at Villa I Tatti near Florence, which eventually became a center for scholars due to its rich library and archives. His legacy continues through the Villa I Tatti, now a Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.

Berenson’s impact on the understanding and appreciation of Italian Renaissance art remains profound, making him an enduring figure in the history of art.

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