Not so diligently is Ceres, according to the Fables, said to have sought her daughter Proserpina, as I seek for this idea of the beautiful, as if for some glorious image, throughout all the shapes and forms of things (‘for many are the shapes of things divine’); day and night I search and follow its lead eagerly as if by certain traces.

(Milton to Charles Diodati, London, 23 September, 1637)

(photo courtesy of Shkoda Maria)