The Fantasy Is Better Than Reality

Isabelle de Borchgrave's Fortuny tent installation.

By Michael Braithwaite

Voltaire once said, by way of his moralizing work Jeannot et Colin, that “All the ancient histories… are just fables that have been agreed upon.” Except that the fables were only agreed upon by a select few, which too often makes the reiteration of history a horribly dull affair for most of us. In a former life, I was an art history student in a cobblestoned East Coast city. If I had a nickel for every time I fell asleep staring at a seemingly unending parade of Renaissance portraiture then I wouldn't be drowning in student loan debt. There couldn't possibly be anything new to say about the godfathers of European Art. Right?


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