'The Milkmaid' - Vermeer
How to find a moment of pause, of calm, of contemplation in this busy harsh world? Step into a gallery. Take a moment to look, really look at a painting. Feel the outside world dim to a whisper. And the inside one strike up.
Art, by its very nature, is transformative. It can make us feel better about who we are and about the world we live in. As simple as that. It is inspiring, uplifting, redemptive even, as Wislawa Szymborska demonstrates here.
Vermeer - Wislawa Szymborska
So long as that woman from the Rijksmuseum
in painted quiet and concentration
keeps pouring milk day after day
from the pitcher to the bowl
the World hasn’t earned
the world’s end.