Ars Longa, Vita Brevis


Oil on canvas

100 * 100 cm



“Ars Longa, Vita Brevis” … there is a crow on a tree branch, abstract landscape, city scape and a golden sky in the background and, perhaps fittingly, the latin aphorism quotes the first two lines of the Aphorismi by the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates. The familiar Latin translation Ars Longa, Vita Brevis reverses the order of the original lines, stressing the long-lasting impact of art over the brevity of life.

The Greek original:

Ὁ βίος βραχύς,
ἡ δὲ τέχνη μακρή,
ὁ δὲ καιρὸς ὀξύς,
ἡ δὲ πεῖρα σφαλερή,
ἡ δὲ κρίσις χαλεπή.

The Latin version:

Vīta brevis,
ars longa,
occāsiō praeceps,
experīmentum perīculōsum,
iūdicium difficile.

The English translation:

Life is short,
and art long,
opportunity fleeting,
experimentation perilous,
and judgment difficult.

And my interpretation follows in oil paint on canvas. The owner of this artwork must have a taste for true pearls of balancing harmony and decadence.

Title : Blackbird a.k.a. Ars Longa, Vita Brevis

Type : Oil on canvas painting

Size : 100 * 100 cm

Year : 2018

Additional information

Weight 5 kg
Dimensions 3 × 100 × 100 cm