I had an appreciation for an art appreciation prof.
Call it a crush if you must. But I have never had perfect attendance in any course I took in college, except for hers. I appreciated art, too, but I appreciated how she delivered it. And, you know, her.
Anyway, why fuss over the details?
I used to go to all the Saturday extra-credit visits she’d set up at the local museums. All the other boys were there, too. Some girls, too. But through all the haziness, the experience also enhanced my love of art, of all forms.
Not just those billowy hippie skirts, those tight blond curls or stately glasses she’d push up back on her nose with her index finger.
This post is inspired by the book 300 Writing Prompts. I picked this one on my own, and the choice was pretty easy! Much as I appreciate a good Monet or even an Emeril masterpiece, Beethoven’s where it’s at.
Whatis your favorite work of art? What do you love about it?
My favorite work of art is Beethoven’s ninth symphony.
Especially the final movement. It has always been an inspiration. This is the one man-made entity I consider flawless. This was his finale, the lasting legacy of his work. And it’s incredible to know he was almost deaf when he created it.
It feels to me as if it’s the culmination of everything he learned in his life and in music.
It’s a joyous experience to hear it, and I’d listened to it every day for a while. Portions are serene; some playful. Most of it is majestic. It feels majestic, but also a grand finale. In the midst of joy and celebration, there is this moment of realization …
that the end is near.
It reminds me of my mortality. It makes me think of moments I accepted my dad would not survive his fight with leukemia – but realized he had prepared himself spiritually to that end. I took great comfort in that.
This work has all the feels – but in the end, it’s a celebration. I love it, and I can only hope to have a fraction of a legacy such as this.
What about you? What’s your pick for the greatest work of art ever?
What are your thoughts on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony?