038 - Vino Vitae

"In vino veritas. In wine is truth." - Plato

  • Artist Statement

    There's a story from the 18th Century thinkers that goes: One time a good friend and contemporary of Samuel Johnson named John Boswell had drunk too much at dinner, and Johnson berated his friend for the behavior. To defend himself, Boswell used this quip - "In vino veritas" - to which Johnson supposedly retorted, "Why, Sir, that may be an argument for drinking, if you suppose men in general to be liars." While a humorous reply, Johnson's take misses Plato's point, because while it could be said that people are perhaps more honest when in the cups, the quote itself speaks to a deeper understanding co-created through the consumption of wine. So many memories made - and perhaps forgotten! - when wine is poured. Plato's "truth" in wine is a discovered one - inspiration not known before, spurred by the vine.

  • Details & Dimensions

    Release Date: July 1, 2009

    Retirement Date: July 1, 2017

    Collection: Fall 2009

    Made by hand with USA-sourced copper, glass enamel, and a custom wood box frame.

    - akin to the size of a novel.

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enamel artwork artist