do less

Doing or having less appeals today. Think Simple Now serendipitously found. But have you ever wondered who originally said “Less is more”? I did so here the source. It was said by the painter Andrea del Sarto in Robert Browning’s poem by that name. Sarto is addressing his beautiful, but somewhat stupid and apparently unfaithful young wife, Lucrezia, for whom he abandoned an important painting commission and some have said his true calling.

…To paint a little thing like that you smeared
Carelessly passing with your robes afloat-
Yet do much less … so much less!
Well, less is more, Lucrezia: I am judged.
There burns a truer light of God in them,
In their vexed beating stuffed and stopped-up brain,
Heart, or whate’er else, than goes on to prompt
This low-pulsed forthright craftsman’s hand of mine.
Their works drop groundward, but themselves, I know,
Reach many a time a heaven that’s shut to me,
Enter and take their place there sure enough,
Though they come back and cannot tell the world……

There you can learn something new every day. Browning for me an acquired taste. Less is more.

Have a good day



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