Our kids should know the figures in this painting. What did they know? What did they do? What did they bequeath to us?
In our times, we are forgetting mankind's astonishing intellectual heritage. It is a heritage that began in Greece in the Axial Age and flourished in Christian Europe. It is the source of our civilization-- our freedom, our science, and our art.
Even Nietzche, who hated Christianity and extolled atheist Will-to-Power, understood what the loss of this cultural heritage would mean to man. It drove him mad.
We don't even understand what is happening to us.