Life is short, Art is long
The art gallery in Rousse, Bulgaria is proclaiming an old proverb by Hippocrates in its Latin form: Vita brevis, ars longa. What does it mean?
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Art Gallery Ruse "Художествена галерия Русе"
Hi, the art gallery in Rousse, which is situated in a communist-style building from the 1970ies, is greeting its visitors with the first two lines of the following dramatic proverb by Hippocrates:
which can be translated to:
Life is short,
and art long,
and decision difficult.
Hippocrates, who was an ancient Greek physician, used this saying as the opening statement in a medical text and so the word "art" may originally meant "technique, craft".
Hence its interpretation is twofold. The more general interpretation of this famous aphorism is that it takes a long time to acquire and perfect one's expertise, but one only has a short time in which to excersise it. In the context of fine art, it can also be read as "Life is short, Art eternal".
Only time limits our accomplishments in life.
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