INSPIRATIONS

This page is a Wordboard, that is, a partial but extensive list of things that have most inspired me, now and over the years.  I have arranged it in roughly historical order.  Here it is...

  • ancient Egyptian art and design
  • Thutmose: Head of Nerfertiti
  • the story of Joseph
  • Minoan pottery and stone vessels
  • Mycenaean wall painting and metalwork 
  • the books of Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon and Isaiah
  • Homer's Odessy
  • ancient Persian art and architecture
  • classical Greek pottery
  • Myron: Discobolus
  • Phidias: Parthenon
  • the Nike of Samothrace
  • Caesar Augustus from the Prima Porta
  • the parable of the Marriage Feast
  • the Sermon on the Mount and story of the Resurrection
  • Byzantine architecture and mosaics
  • San Vitali, Ravenna
  • ceramics from the Han, Tang, and Sung Dynasties
  • the mosque at Cordova 
  • Beowulf
  • Chartres cathedral
  • Carcassone
  • the Lay of Prince Igor
  • the Alhambra
  • Persian rugs 
  • the paintings of Simone Martini
  • Palazzo Ca d'Oro
  • Botticelli: Primavera, the Birth of Venus
  • Gozzoli: Adoration of the Magi
  • Donatello: St. Gerorge
  • Michelangelo: Pieta, Sistine frescoes, Rondanini Pieta
  • Leonardo: St. John the Baptist
  • music of Thomas Tallis
  • the paintings of Velasquez
  • the still life paintings of Zurbaran
  • Shakespeare: Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing
  • Marlowe: Dr. Faustus  
  • Palladio: La Rotunda
  • Bach: Goldberg Variations (Gould, 1955)
  • Bach: Chaconne (Heifetz) 
  • the still life paintings of Chardin
  • the portraits of Gilbert Stuart
  • the portraits of Goya
  • the writings of Sir Walter Scott
  • Schubert Lieder 
  • the poetry of Robert Browning
  • the still life paintings of Manet
  • Verdi: Requiem (Solti, Vienna Phil., et al, 1968)
  • Tolstoy: War and Peace
  • Moussorgsky: Boris Godunov
  • all music by Borodin
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Cortege from Mlada
  • Picasso: Guernica
  • Respighi: Trittico Botticelliano
  • the music of Shostakovich
  • Khatchaturian: Violin Concerto (Oistrakh)
  • Tolkein: the Lord of the Rings
  • the architecture of Barragan
  • the paper cut-outs of Matisse
  • Lewis: Till We Have Faces
  • the architecture of Niemeyer
  • the writings of Solzhinitsyn
  • music of Joaquin Rodrigo
  • the architecture of Isay Weinfeld