18 January 2013

being Bacon

Sir Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban was a true Renaissance genius-noted and quoted-and often cited as the creator of Empiricism.

The word "empiric" derives from the Greek word ἐμπειρία, translating to the Latin experientia, from which is derived the word "experience" and "experiment". The term was used of the Empiric school of ancient Greek medical practitioners, who rejected the doctrines of the (Dogmatic school), preferring to rely on the observation of "phenomena".

A man after my own heart, Bacon's , There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion-guides this blog since its inception-and it reflects my belief that we must make our own judgements about what Beauty is and challenge even that. The old saying-Beauty is in the eye of the beholder-gives the beholder freedom to seek Beauty in ways-and in byways that others ignore.
Think about Beauty before someone thinks about it for you.

Bacon has a multitude of things he thought about-here are a few of My Favourites-and you will be surprised at some of the words attributed to our philosopher.

Beggars should not be choosers.

Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est- Meditationes Sacrae 1597
 Knowledge is Power

All is not gold that glisters.

Crafty men condemn studies, simple men admire them; and wise men use them

Men believe what they prefer.

 The best part of beauty is that which a picture cannot express.

 For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love. 

 all the Bacon-you ever need is here



  1. Gaye, whom do you think is his contemporary today?

  2. Don't know if you know...but at the Huntington Library, there is the FRANCIS BACON FOUNDATION ARENSBERG COLLECTION. A complication of works and writings linking Bacon as the true author Shakespeare. The ARENSBERG'S formed the greatest Surreal art collection in Europe and brought all to America during WWII and settled in Hollywood. NUDE DESCENDING A STAIRCASE by DUCHAMP is one great piece as well those by Brancusi.

    1. I didn't-though I knew about the supposition. I like to think there was a Shakespeare. I've added the site-and am going to go see it-thanks pgt

  3. And now I'm going to have to study Bacon. Thanks, as always, for pointing me in new directions to explore. I fear that there will never be another Bacon.



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