2752. We hoped that Faldoni would attain the greatest achievement possible for someone working in that period: an entire paragraph all to himself in a book like Janson’s “History of Art.” But the truth is, Faldoni’s name cannot be found in any history of art no matter how obscure and the reason is because right at the point that he was about to begin to make a name for himself, his fate took a peculiar and unexpected turn.
The disaster that struck Faldoni at this time was entirely the fault of
the master painter and his vanity, and had to do with the mistake that
Faldoni had pointed out concerning the confusion of the clothing of the
figures in the recently completed mural. Nothing was done to correct
this mistake because it was considered insignificant, but what the
master painter began to do was to point it out himself to visiting
He would invariably point out this mistake only after a long period of
lavish praise had been heaped upon him. After hearing from various
voices how perfect his new painting was he liked to say in a mysterious
way, “Yes, it is nearly perfect, but there is a mistake in it, can you
2755. Yes, even a thousand years ago people were fond of looking for and finding mistakes in a finished painting. Once some mistake was found and pointed out, the artist had to come up with some adroit explanation to justify the mistake. Let me give you some examples.