The Learning Modules for this week focus on the development of Romanesque, Gothic and early Renaissance expressions. You are now seeing how the hand, the eye and the heart/soul of the artist, through time, have documented life and offered interpretations of that life. You have witnessed examples of pure GENIUS in the arts and will continue to do so throughout this Fall 2011 semester. I don’t use the word GENIUS lightly. William Blake, in his Annotations to Sir Joshua Reynolds Discourses (1808) stated: “If art was progressive we should have had Michelangelos and Raphaels to succeed and improve upon each other. But it is not so. Genius dies with its possessor and comes not again until another is born with it.” Do you agree with Reynolds’ notion of genius? What are your thoughts on genius in the arts?