De Rerum Natura

Citation by Lucretius from De Rerum Natura

In his only surviving work De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things), the philosopher and poet Lucretius expounds on his theory that all matter is composed of tiny particles, making him the world’s second atomic physicist (Democritus, in fact, was the first.) My piece is on display as part of Kalligraphia XV at the San Francisco Public Library through 27 August 2018.

Translation by Dean Robino:

Thus the first things – atoms – are solid in simple singleness,
cohered from very small parts that were skillfully crowded together.
Not out of the union of their coming together
but their greater power in eternal singleness,
with things finally neither being torn away or made smaller
nature now gives way, reserving the seeds of matter.


About raoulpat

I got started as a calligrapher in 2009, and haven't put my pen down since. Some of the services that I provide are wedding calligraphy, quinceañera calligraphy, envelope addressing, place cards and transforming inspirational citations into framable artwork.
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4 Responses to De Rerum Natura

  1. Bonnie Noehr says:

    Fabulous piece, Raoul!


  2. Thank you Good job! Had to see the exhibit again for a more In-depth look

    Sent from my iPhone



  3. Elena Caruthers says:

    Thanks, Raoul.



  4. Jody Meese says:

    Stunning piece, Raoul! Can’t wait to see it in person when I get over to Kalligraphia!

    Jody Meese



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