‘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. Related Post ‘Ode to the Great Highland Pipes’ by Joseph Char... For Bill Horn Send up on wings of blood our fathers’ cry, Though the unhearing dead brook not your sound, And flesh yet binds us to the groaning gr... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail 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 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email.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.