In Awe

Kids get bored with art museums. They’re more interested in their toys and devices. This is because they don’t have any context of the paintings. It’s hard to appreciate something you don’t understand. But then they come across a picture like this.

In Awe
Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Four Seasons in One Head
c. 1590

Both kids and adults stop in their tracks to look at the painting. The man/creature in the picture is ugly but what surrounds his face is magical. The mixed fruits, antlers, and warts make the picture come alive.

None of the religious European paintings containing Jesus and his zealots had the same effect. What makes people gaze at anything is its difference. Everyone’s going to look at the purple cow or the stripe-less zebra.

You don’t always have to create something remarkable to blend in. An easy to get noticed is to simply blend out, to do the opposite of what everyone else is doing. In uniqueness lies the awe.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.