Saluting Presidents - From Liberty to Legends

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"Tapestry of the Centuries"

by Vladimir Gorsky (1953-2008) was a Russian-American) Painter

 

 

In honor of President's Day, let us never forget what freedom means. On display at the Museum of Biblical Arts in Dallas is the "Tapestry of the Centuries," painted with 350 faces of people and historical events that shaped the history of the world from the time of Christ up to the year 2000. The canvas measures 9' x 18' and took three years to paint. This is only a portion of Vladimir Gorsky's painting. As we celebrate President's Day with many institutions in America closed, let us never forget that regardless of who we are, whether we have occupations or not, we all share the freedoms won because of the sacrifices made by others. 

 

On February 17th, most Real Estate Agents will be working and many will take the day off. This weekend I took the time to read about some of our U.S. Presidents and how impactful they were to the Real Estate Industry. Here are some quotes to ponder:

 

"Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty." --- John Adams, Vice President to George Washington, President of the United States of America from 1797-1801.

 

"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." ---Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson served as Vice President to John Adams and became President in 1801 through 1809. His wife died before assuming office. His two Vice Presidents were Aaron Burr and beginning in 1805 through the end of his term George Clinton.

 

"The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money." ---James Madison, President of the United States of America from 1809-1809, 1809-1812, 1812-1813, 1813-1814, 1814-1817. He was married to Dolley Madison. George Clinton served as Vice President from 1805 to 1812. In 1812 through 1813, the office of Vice President was vacant. Between 1813-1814, Elbridge Gerry was Madison's Vice President. From 1814 through 1817, the office of Vice President was vacant.

 

"Real Estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world." ---Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the USA became President in 1933, married to Eleanor Roosevelt, his first term of office was 1933-1941, John N. Garner, VP, re-elected 1941-1945, VP was Henry A. Wallace, 1945, Vice President to Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman.

 

"Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate." ---John F. Kennedy. President of the United States of America from 1961-1965. 

 

"No dream is too big. No challenge is too great. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach." ---Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America since 2017. Vice President, Mike Pence.

 

The painting by Vladamir Gorsky is a rare opportunity to see and ponder world history, the faces, the presidents, kings and queens, the places, hardships and victories, and the role each person serves in history. Whether they are in leadership positions, fly to the moon, discover cures, inventors, or fight for a cause, everything changes. It could be diversity, education, medical breakthroughs, or inspirational dreams --- all of these and those who come after are worthy of being saluted and honored for the parts they play in world history. In sum, freedom does come at a price. Although the probability to becoming President of our country is rare, let us never forget there are heroes among us, great and small. Challenges are many. In the immortal words of Nelson Mandela, "Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again." 

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Roy Kelley
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Congratulations on your feature recognition. Thanks for sharing this interesting post.

Feb 16, 2020 09:54 AM #24
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Kathleen Daniels
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Hello Patricia,

Franklin D. Roosevelt's quote resonated best with me. Yet they are all great quotes. The painting is surely something to experience. Thank you for sharing it. 

I'm so happy to see this post Featured! 

Feb 16, 2020 10:24 AM #25
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Perfect post for President's Day, Patricia. I enjoyed reading all the quotes especially Franklin D. Roosevelt's quote

"Real Estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world." 

Feb 16, 2020 10:26 AM #26
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Carol Williams - I'm glad to hear this art work made an impression on you. It is the biggest painting I have ever seen! I'll check to find out if it is on permanent display or traveling and let you know. Oh, how I wish every student was educated on the subject of history! It's so important. How can anyone move forward, if they don't understand the past? 

Feb 16, 2020 12:38 PM #27
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Roy Kelley - Your welcome! The headphones that you can get to listen to the history of each person on the Tapestry is very, very interesting! I could spend a day there, just listening and taking notes!

Thank you!

Feb 16, 2020 12:40 PM #28
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Kathleen Daniels - You're right! It is an experience! You could get lost in the faces and feel the emotions when you know the history of each one that has been painted. His painting is very detailed and so beautiful! It's a blending of all nationalities and historical events as well. 

Feb 16, 2020 12:42 PM #29
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® - I am so glad you stopped by and took the time to read my post for President's Day. I thought the timing was perfect. Now I am on a mission to continue to learn more about each President and learn more about history too. The painting embodies the spirit of belonging, leadership, and a reminder just how many challenges people go through during their life time and also the joy that comes when there is peace.

Feb 16, 2020 12:46 PM #30
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Margaret Goss
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Sometimes when I think of where we are today, I am humbled at thinking of the sacrifices made by those before me. It's an incredible history - and for better or worse - one to be proud of.

Feb 16, 2020 02:24 PM #31
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Margaret Goss - Yours was a fitting comment. 

Feb 16, 2020 06:25 PM #32
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Kat Palmiotti
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What a wonderful tapestry! I'm sure one could spend hours looking at each person on it and thinking about the contributions made. Thank you for sharing, and I wish you a wonderful day!

Feb 17, 2020 05:51 AM #34
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Scott Godzyk
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I love the quotes Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP . It is a full day for me today loaded with appointments. 

Feb 17, 2020 06:48 AM #35
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Monique Ting
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Wow, thank you for sharing the information. That looks like a very interesting piece of art to check out!
Have a great week!

Feb 17, 2020 07:39 AM #36
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Kat Palmiotti - 

"Tapestry of the Centuries" is an extraordinary artwork! I wish you could see it too. The contributions over time has a profound effect on people, places, the economy, longevity, and many issues people are still talking about today. In many ways, everyone is impacted one way or another. When you think about it, in all the circumstances in life the role played by others, whether it is by luck or deliberate, with a few exceptions, should be regulated by good judgment for the greater good. 

Feb 17, 2020 09:13 AM #37
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Scott Godzyk - I'm glad to know you liked the quotes. I did a lot of reading and researching before making these selections. I hope your appointments and day goes well.

Feb 17, 2020 09:19 AM #38
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Monique Ting - It is great to meet you here on ActiveRain! I'm happy to know you enjoyed the artwork and information. I'll be sure to visit you on your ActiveRain blog too. Thank you for visiting!!!

Feb 17, 2020 09:21 AM #39
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Monique Ting - I just noticed you have been on AR for some time. I loved the video about the endangered Hawaiian monk seal giving birth on the beach!!!

 

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Hi Patricia! That tapestry is MAGNIFICENT! I've never seen it and cannot imagine seeing it in person. Just WOW!

I love everything that you put together here. I'm a big believer in respecting the office, whether we 'like' the president or not. When we see these leaders all in one painting/tapestry, we are reminded that everyone in history has contributed something to this great land. Whether it be something positive that we embraced and continue to do so today or something that was negative or a mistake, may we learn from ALL of our experiences and be thankful for them, either way.

And, great quote selection too, Patricia. I think my favorite is, "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." ---Thomas Jefferson.

Feb 17, 2020 10:21 AM #41
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Debe Maxwell, CRS - The first time I visited the Museum, this area was roped off to a class. I could see them and hear what they were saying, but had to keep silent and not loiter. My ears were straining to listen. I couldn't hear much but I saw the faces of the students and observed their eagerness to learn.

I was impressed. That was about a year ago and I am still impressed that, this group of students were sincerely interested in history. The next time I went there, last November, I got to listen to the recordings on the headphones lent out by the Museum. Again, I was impressed but it was so long, I didn't stay until the very end. But at that time, I started my research on U.S. Presidents. The other day, I got to take it all in and see it without any people around me. I soaked it all in! Then, that that night I couldn't stop thinking about it. I went to bed, but couldn't sleep. I got up and started researching Presidents again; then started to compose this blog post. I felt it was appropriate for President's Day. As you can probably guess, I wrote an essay but then I edited it for fear, nobody would take the time to read it. The overall comments, and FEATURE too, made me realize, this is what people want - the truth. Seeing the artwork visually, and continuously going back to the tapestry, I was enlightened. I am thankful for all the comments, yours, included. I am very glad nobody refuted it. History really does need to be told and seen through different eyes. The painter, Vladimir Gorsky proved it! 

I really liked your comment very much, especially alluding to President Trump. I am a supporter and what I admire about him is he is a colorful human being, intelligent, extremely knowledgeable about real estate/negotiations, and has many different layers to his personality. Not everyone appreciates that, but then again, look at the painting as see who hung on the cross. I rest my case...

Hugs to you!

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Thank you for sharing this very interesting post -- Feature Worthy!  I spent a good amount of time looking at the painting and imagining from the beginning of time - Time of Christ to 2000 and it was mind-blowing.  I believe if I come to Texas -- Dallas -- I will be sure to stop and see the Tapestry of the Centuries.  I will need to just take it all in!

Feb 18, 2020 12:01 PM #43
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Diana Dahlberg - I am delighted to learn how much you enjoyed the painting. It spans the spectrum from beginning of time until 2000. It's amazing! I was in awe and really wanted to share. I'm so happy that people like you appreciated it too. If you come to Dallas, let me know! I would love to take you there to see the exhibit. You just won't be able to take your eyes off of the Tapestry of the Centuries. It's like living art and seeing familiar faces. 

Thank you, Diana.

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