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Rembrandt, Lucretia 1664

Rembrandt's 'Lucretia' (1664)

A dear friend visits and leaves behind in my care (Ron Brown’s art-historical study of) The Art of Suicide (since there was no way it was going to fit into her suitcase, even with us sitting on it). Let’s see how far I get into this book before having to return it (or taking its lessons to heart).

‘There is a doctrine whispered that man is a prisoner who has no right to open the door and run away…’ (Socrates, in Art of Suicide)

Giotto 'Desperatio', fresco in Arena Chapel, Padua (1305)

Giotto 'Desperatio', fresco in Arena Chapel, Padua (1305)

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