A 13th Century Pope wished to commission some works of art for St Peter’s in Rome. To decide who he would employ, he sent a messenger to the most famous Italian artists of the day asking for examples of their craft.
When the emissary reached Giotto in Florence, he received a shock. For on hearing the request, the great artist took a plain sheet of paper and, using his arm as a makeshift compass, drew a perfect circle in red ink. He then handed it over as his only submission. The messenger was indignant – ‘won’t you send in more pictures?’ ‘
No’ – came the reply – ‘just tell your master how I did that’
Needless to say he got the job.
Today some of the most beautiful art in the world, still stands testimony to Giotto’s ability to give something simple.
Lord, let us not despise simple things.
Instead let us treasure them.
For often within the simple
is perfection itself.