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Great Artists and Musicians

Most people tend to think that great artists and musicians produce their works in relatively quick bursts of creative energy. But the facts suggest otherwise. It is said that Beethoven rewrote each bar of his music at least a dozen times.

For his work “Last Judgment,” considered one of the twelve master paintings of the ages, Michelangelo produced more than 2,000 sketches and renderings during the eight years it took him to complete his masterpiece.

It’s safe to say that anything of lasting value requires patient commitment even in the face of adversity.

Today in the Word, April, 1998, p. 27

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