A Picture of Perfect Rest

A wealthy man, a patron of the arts, called three artists to his side and gave each of them a simple commission: “I want you to paint a picture titled ‘Rest.’” Away went the three men, each to his own studio to ponder the assignment, to rough up some initial sketches, to plan and paint his finest work. Months later the three returned to display their paintings. The first unveiled a landscape, a placid pool vividly reflecting the mountains that …