|Talking to Vincent at Anchor Bay. 12"×16" (30.5×40.6cm). Oil on linen panel. April 2013|
|Picchetti winery barrels with Van Gogh's irises in the foreground. |
16"×20". Oil on canvas panel. December 2011, available.
And yet, this is the magic of art: you can choose your guide(s), just as I can choose mine, and just as Dante could choose his. They are all here to guide us, no entrance exams, no competition for placement. And this will be the truth of your life, and your guide will show you exactly as much as you are ready and willing to see and learn. It will by no means be something akin to today's educational environment, designed to force-feed pre-packaged knowledge to passive pupils; rather, something from other times and places, when students worked hard to get sacred knowledge from reluctant and reserved masters, to earn their trust with integrity of continuous efforts. But they will give you all the answers you are prepared to hear, and show you all the paths you are willing to follow.
The thing is, Virgil had indeed never heard of Dante in his life, but he was truly his guide through the dark forest. Just because Dante heard his call through the intervening centuries, and was ready to accept his personal message, nothing more, nothing less. It is enough, and the choice is yours.