May 1, 2015 You see children playing the harpsichord like great maestros; but you have never seen a good painter who was only twelve years old. Painting requires, as well as taste and sentiment, a thinking head, which musicians can manage without. Every day you can see men without heads and without hearts drawing ravishing sounds from a violin or a harp. — Xavier de Maistre, A Journey Around My Room (1794) (Andrew Brown, trans.).