Today’s word is incandescent – as in luminous, shining, brilliant – and as an adjective – not merely as a signifier of a heated filament.  It’s such a beautiful word –  intelligence can be incandescent – Virginia Woolf said that Shakespeare’s mind was ‘incandescent, unimpeded’.  To me it suggests something lit from within – like the glowing oil panels of Jan van Eyck – all stillness and light.  Incandescent, radiant, luminous – impossible light that emanates from thought.

“Strange to say, the luminous world is the invisible world; the luminous world is that which we do not see.  Our eyes of flesh see only night.” – Victor Hugo


About hickson1

Art historian, professor, Italian Renaissance and Baroque specialist, Italophile
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