Mona Lisa Smile

There is still so much that we don’t know about the ocean and seas. It is so great to admit that and not to forget. I really cherish this humble position, because it is an invitation to wander in wonder. While we sometimes dare to think that we know it all, the ancient underwater world looks at us with a Mona Lisa smile.

“We all know the face and hands of the figure, set in its marble chair, in that cirque of fantastic rocks, as in some faint light under sea.”

Walter Pater on La Gioconda by Leonardo da Vinci
Studies in the History of Renaissance. 1873




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  1. I see that Walter Pater lived to be only 54 years old:

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  2. As much s I love this post, truly, I do have an ulterior motive, sorry, for I inadvertently trashed your comment on ‘First farm to grow veg in a desert’, please forgive, and please feel free to re-comment.


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