lest we forget any of humanity’s vast crimes

from an old Guy Davenport review of a book on the Maya:

“Their art is so distinctive that any small detail of it is recognizable … At least one eye capable of appreciating their art got to see some of it. Charles I of Spain summoned Albrecht Durer to show him Mayan and Aztec artifacts (an ear of maize perfectly rendered in gold was in this treasure). Durer marveled: Here was a culture that must have one hundred Cellinis for Italy’s one. Charles had wanted Durer to see these things before they went to his mint, to be melted and recast as coins.”

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One Response to “lest we forget any of humanity’s vast crimes”

  1. Boschian Gyre 2.0 « Doomspirals’s Weblog Says:

    […] I will say I can relate to this goon in one respect: when I’m trying to sell a new joke I really dig, I’ll be foisting that bit onto heads from here to Huge Phils until everyone “appeases” and starts thinking that “Not Yet” is best punchline since sliced. Well this Friedman cat (no relation to Trish), really won’t give way on this whole flat world flat land flat thing. I honestly hate it! It’s the worst coinage since Charles I of Spain! […]

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