Experiences of Bernard Berenson
art critic and connoisseur of Italian art, Bernard
Berenson, writes in his autobiography, Sketch for
a Self-Portrait, about his mystical experience:
(1865 - 1959)
was a morning in early summer. A silver haze shimmered
and trembled over the lime trees. The air was laden
with their fragrance. The temperature was like a caress.
I remember---I need not recall---that I climbed up
a tree stump and felt suddenly immersed in Itness.
I did not call it by that name. I had no need for
words. It and I were one."
Berenson. Sketch for a Self-Portrait, (New York:
Pantheon Books, 1949), p.18.
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