Photographer's Note

Traipsing around the historic town of Taormina in the northeastern corner of Sicily, I came upon an attractive maiden, Isabella, demonstrating her embroidery for prospective shoppers. With her warm smile, I thought, she signaled I could take her picture. I purchased something in her small shop, but I cannot remember what.

I do not know the young woman, not even her name. But, I found her gaze mesmerizing. Currently, I am working on a new book, "Genius and the Creative Mind," comparing creativity in the arts and sciences. The book focuses on five surpassing geniuses, Leonardo (1452-1519), Shakespeare (1564-1616), Newton (1642-1727), Beethoven (1770-1827) and Einstein (1879-1955), each of whom has scaled the very summit of human achievement and whose lifetimes do not overlap. I will let Shakespeare describe the young woman's eyes:

“If I could write the beauty of your eyes,
And in fresh numbers number all your graces,
The age to come would say ‘This poet lies;
Such heavenly touches ne’er touched earthly faces.”

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