Painting And Sculpture

The sinful painter drapes his goddess warm,
Because she still is naked, being drest;
The godlike sculptor will not so deform
Beauty, which bones and flesh enough invest.

by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Thought provoking poem on nature of beauty according to everyone's mind and heart to know truth behind it!
...very nice...wonderful and inspiring ★
Ah, but there are at least two types of beauty- the outer beauty of flesh and bones and the inner beauty of heart and soul. The sculptor who can bring out the beauty beneath the form is the most talented artist. Society at times shies away from the naked form but it seems the older the individual gets the more they can see the naked body as just the outer covering which has no sin in and of itself.
Excellent poem. I like it. 'The godlike sculptor will not so deform Beauty, which bones and flesh enough invest.'