A friend told me recently that her daughter’s teacher had asked her students what works of art had changed their lives. That prompted me to question myself, too.
There was Michelangelo’s Pietà, my first encounter with what I consider to be perfect Beauty. The Parthenon of Athens followed, unforgettable encounter with perfect Harmony. And so many others, with artists not only of the past but also of the present, whose works appear on this site among my artists, and which will be the subject of separate articles.
Later came my cooperation with a legendary collector. He really taught me not to look at a work of art, but to actually see it. He spoke of his works with infinite tenderness, spent his life studying them, always looking for the perfect piece to complete his collection. Our collaboration lasted for years and still continues today. Thanks to him, I learned the joy of working on private collections, giving them all the attention they deserve.
It is true that today we speak of art as an investment like any other. We wonder more about the price of an artwork, and its ability to take on value, than its emotional and intellectual reach. Art has become a commodity like any other, unfortunately. I think, however, that many people still worry more about being touched by an artwork than about what it is worth today and could be worth tomorrow.
Buying an artwork, even with modest means, should always be a source of joy rather than calculations on what it will be worth tomorrow, in a year or 10 years. To receive it, to unpack it, to hang it on the wall, are so many little moments of happiness, and of pride when we show it, besides which one should not pass.
And you, what artworks have changed your life?