„Art does not imitate, but interpret.“

—  Giuseppe Mazzini, Context: Art does not imitate, but interpret. It searches out the idea lying dormant in the symbol, in order to present the symbol to men in such form as to enable them to penetrate through it to the idea. Were it otherwise, what would be the use or value of art? The Life and Writings of Joseph Mazzini (1864), p. vii
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