In a recent post we talked about Evergreen Content and the benefits of content that doesn’t “time-out”.

 

What we’d like to talk about today is the idea of timelessness. What makes a piece of writing or art timeless? Regardless of social norms of beauty and art, or innovation, there are some things that remain special, that remain exquisite.

 

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has just launched an exhibit devoted to Pompeii and Herculaneum.

 

Pompeii and Herculaneum were founded in the sixth century B.C., and were destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D..

 

Luckily, the amazing pieces of art currently being displayed in Montreal were buried deep under volcanic rubble, and were kept safe from so much decay and looting, and were then forgotten for fifteen centuries. Pretty unbelievable, huh?

 

The artifacts were discovered in the eighteenth century, and as such had an enormous effect on the influence of art being produced throughout Europe at the time.

 

So after all of that, we have to ask: Besides the beauty – there are so many beautiful things – is it simply the skill of the art, or is it the myth of the history?

 

Let us know what you think! What makes something timeless?

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