Jan Brueghel the Elder‘s Allegory of Sight and Smell:

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When I saw this, I was arrested by it. I think of this like a little Noah’s Ark, conserving bits of a culture’s memory. The incredible indulgence of this is overwhelming to my sensibilities, but I imagine a corner of heaven looking something like this. Each canvas a place where you can live a thousand lifetimes. I feel transported in this, moved through time by it.