What the arts can teach us about surviving the lockdown.
Frida Kahlo, one of the most original and successful modern artists, produced most of her work while suffering from illness and bereavement.
Artists Edvard Munch, Sophie Calle, Marina Abramovic and many others faced similar devastating hardships.
Composer J S Bach began writing his greatest masterpiece, The Well-Tempered Clavier, while in prison.
Also jailed and sentenced to death was Fyodor Dostoyevsky, author of Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov and other great works of 20th century literature.
Samuel Pepys wrote his world famous diaries during the Bubonic Plague and the Great Fire of London.
Countless other works of music, art and literature were created under conditions of great distress.
Perhaps the most extraordinary is Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. It chronicles his six years of unimaginably harsh treatment as a Jew in Nazi prison camps. He developed the theory that a prisoner’s longevity is directly related to the strength of their positive vision of the future.
So don’t allow the pandemic to depress you. See it as an opportunity to make a lasting difference to the world.
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