Review: There Will Never Be Another Like Leonardo – WSJ (paywall)

“How should we define genius? Perhaps it’s being able to see things that others don’t: the hidden hand of evolution, the invisible glow of radium, the representational angularity of cubism. But that’s not quite right. Hamlet saw the ghost of his father while Queen Gertrude could not. That doesn’t mean ghost-seers are geniuses (although surely Shakespeare was one). So maybe we should refine the definition: Genius is being able to see things others don’t see, yet acknowledge as being true.”

 

Source: Review: There Will Never Be Another Like Leonardo – WSJ