ars libertatis

Beauty is a paradox, a phenomenon (literally, “a thing that appears”) that hides itself in phenomena. These may be things of an outward loveliness, in which event they will be revealed to be ever lovelier. But it is also quite possible for beauty, we saw, to hide itself in the obscure, the elusive, the difficult, and even the unpleasant and the repellent. It hides itself from you in order that it might reveal itself, even though the revelation will show itself to be a withholding of a deeper sort.

The Experience of Beauty (2016), 1: The Experience of Beauty