ars longa, vita brevis


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ars lon•ga, vi•ta bre•vis

(ɑrsˈloʊŋ gɑˈwi tɑ ˈbrɛ wɪs; Eng. ɑrzˈlɔŋ gə ˈvaɪ tə ˈbri vɪs, ˈbrɛv ɪs, ˈvi tə, ɑrs)
Latin.
art is long, life is short.
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ars longa, vita brevis

A Latin phrase meaning art is long, life is short.
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Ars longa, vita brevis was a principle he often repeated in class.
As Hippocrates said: "Ars longa, vita brevis" Art is long, life is short.
But the dominant theme, which Berryman clearly expresses in the third stanza, is the familiar poetic idea of ars longa, vita brevis (the Latin version of a Greek aphorism by Hippocrates): the Classical belief that art transcends time and that the painting will last when the people portrayed in it are dead.
Ars longa, vita brevis. As shatteringly horrific that we fnd Teresienstadt, the Holocaust, and other historical--as well, one sadly notes, as contemporary--nadirs of human depravity, we can ward of total despair by focusing on the triumph of art over evil.
The sheet of music Liberti holds is part of a four-part canon on the theme of Ars longa, vita brevis ('Art is long, life is short').
Ars longa, vita brevis: We can only perform a given number of experiments in a lifetime, and we can only record and transmit a chosen few of them.
The theme is ars longa, vita brevis (art is long, life is short), the feeling is conservative, the tone satiric.
202), an imbrication of multifarious readings and the poet's renewed postulation of ars longa, vita brevis, in which the transmission of genius is entirely distinct from that of genes.
So with the Mingus Big Band (the latest incarnation of various Mingus Dynasty bands Sue has piloted to keep his music living onstage and in spirit) performing his material weekly at New York's Time Care and building a large, and largely new, following for his music, and with his influence continuing to grow among younger musicians, Mingus is once again proving the validity of the old maxim ars longa, vita brevis.