"The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to live to the point. All other things--to reign, to hoard, to build--are, at most, but inconsiderable props and appendages."--Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 1588. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.

  • John Massey, "The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to live to the point. All other things--to reign, to hoard, to build--are, at most, but inconsiderable props and appendages."--Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 1588. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man., 1963, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America, 1984.124.200

Title
"The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to live to the point. All other things--to reign, to hoard, to build--are, at most, but inconsiderable props and appendages."--Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 1588. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.
Artist
Date
1963
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
45 x 30 in. (114.3 x 76.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Container Corporation of America

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Emblem – heart
  • Abstract – geometric
  • Figure – fragment – eye
Object Number
1984.124.200
Palette
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