Desiderio's Moving Busts of Two Boys
To the Arts Editor:
What a treat it was to find Blake Gopnik's article on Desiderio in the April 14 Arts section! And what a lovely article it was. Thank you.
I first fell in love with Desiderio and his work when I found his bust of a small boy in Vienna in 1967.
To my great delight, I found the two companion busts of boys in the National Gallery shortly thereafter. Whenever I take friends to visit the National Gallery, I head straight for the gallery with those busts.
I am always deeply moved by the beauty and grace of the two busts, but particularly by the striking difference between them.
The bust of the small boy captures the mood of a carefree child, reveling in his happy world.
In contrast, the bust of the Christ Child reflects the wisdom and wistfulness of the boy who is not just a boy and who senses the sadness and madness of the wider world in which he -- He -- will be such a pivotal figure for so many ever after.
I will visit the exhibition with special joy, paying particular attention to the reliefs.
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