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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Paul Klee’s painting Angelus Novus.

"The painting was bought by Walter Benjamin in 1921 and remained one of his most prized possessions.

"Benjamin's identification with the image of this angel was profound. He referred to it in several key essays and projects." -- Lloyd Spencer

Benjamin’s most famous discussion of Angelus Novus occurs in his Theses on the Philosophy of History, about which I posted an addendum to this post of two nights ago on the civilian death toll in Iraq.

I had not known that Benjamin owned the painting.

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