‘Aristotle Contemplating a Bust of Homer’ by Cees Wilerd Bui The Society August 19, 2014 Art, Beauty, Culture, Poetry 1 Comment In Rembrandt’s scene of 1653, Aristotle Contemplating a Bust of Homer, there is much that we can see amidst that musty sett(l)ing of gold dust that balances upon the old and new, upon the dark and light, upon the dead and living, giving forth beams of the true and glimmerings that shoot forth from the head. It is a Hamlet moment, when he looks upon poor Yorick’s skull. So Rembrandt, too, peers in upon the past, not on the books, but on the wide, bright, silk sleeves and the thick, gold chain, a gift from Alexander touched his brain, and opened an extr’ordinary view. Featured Image: “Aristotle Contemplating a Bust of Homer” by Rembrandt van Rijn. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related One Response Reid McGrath August 22, 2014 I like the rhyme scheme. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.