2628. In the end perfection is only attained by the endless accumulation of accidents and mishaps, and can unfortunately never be the result of deliberate design or intent.
2629. What all this meant for Faldoni can be seen in one
small event that happened when a large mural had been completed by the
master and he assembled his students around him and asked them to offer
him criticism and advice about the finished painting.
2630. The vain master did not actually want any advice at
all, he was just expecting to hear a series of laudatory comments and
slavish praise from his admiring students but on this occasion it did
not work out as he expected. Nobody found any fault with the painting,
except for the pigment grinder. Faldoni just happened to notice a small
discrepancy in the arrangement of the clothing of some of the figures.
2631. It was a very minor fault to be sure, and it would have been very inappropriate for him to point it out or to mention it since it was so slight a mistake. To mention a mistake like that would not have seemed helpful, but more on the order of pointless faultfinding over insignificant details.