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Particular beauty

A carefully curated list of the things I believe to be particularly beautiful.

Musical composition

Bahia (specifically the moment from 1:22 - 1:31)

John Coltrane



Fine Art

Composition C (No. III) with Red, Yellow and Blue.

Piet Mondrian

God's Covenant with Abraham

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+15&version=NIVUK

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