Russell Brunelle (russellb) wrote,
Russell Brunelle

Where Thomas Jefferson died...

I love this photograph because it captures four things essential to understanding Thomas Jefferson: his affection for efficiency (embodied by both the alcove placement of the bed as well as the clock he would have seen each dawn upon waking), his POST-Enlightenment nature (embodied by the variety of scientific instruments and the background environment structured for reading), his PRE-Freudian nature (embodied by the LACK of any personal art or art intended to express the opinion that the human soul is essentially unknowable), and his love of the physical beauty of the New World (embodied by the windows which presented the environment of Monticello as well as the skylight which further illuminated this photograph).

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