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    "Aesthetics is for the artist as ornithology is for the birds," said Barnett Newman, and I agree. Stories are much better: I remember once walking through Harvard Yard with Sydney Freedberg, a renowned art historian, speaking to him about a paper I was trying to write for his course, "Painting in Rome in the 18th Century". We were very fine in those days! As we approached the door of the Fogg Museum, I asked him, as an older man to a younger, what advice he would give me if I told him I wanted to be a painter. He said, "Don't do it, unless you have something very important to say." And with that he turned to go in, but stopped with his hand on the door handle, wheeled his venerable head towards me and asked, "By the way, what is your name?" "Gabrielli", I said. "Yes, do it!", he said. He turned and disappeared into the Fogg. And once, hoping to be able to take an independent study in painting with a woman artist on the faculty, I petitioned for the permission. The answer a resounding
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