Vincent Montecristo

THE MANIFEST OF THE DANCING FAUN

To the many, to the majority, or in any case, to all those whom the world will not one day strain to remember, I would like to offer something which aspires to be entirely better. You who have clear minds, discover the teaching that hides beneath the veil of these strange verses, and you who aspire to live inimitably, live without struggle, and don’t miss out on the present, experience and observe the result.

If your greatest undertaking is to be liberated from yourself, devote yourself to art, to eros, to travel, provided that in what you do there is that which you have never attained before. Devote yourself to what is worthy of a person of taste, such as you are, and choose the extraordinary as though it were an obligation.
Let the beauty of the sunset inspire you to bravely leave everything else behind.

In the end, you will be moved only by the “Love that moves the sun and all the other stars,” as Dante says, and you will be driven by pure necessity, which is covered by the mask of chance, which itself is entirely determined. Most of all, you will be happy with little, provided that it comes as quickly as possible. When one says that “One cannot believe in the impossible,” as they say to Alice in Wonderland, you will dare to say that he is out of practice. When one is young of heart, one exercises half an hour a day: Why, sometimes he believes as many as six impossible things before breakfast!

Go and seek, not to find, but to be found. But I warn you say the oracle, whoever you are, you who plumb the jealous secrets of nature: if you do not succeed in finding within yourself what you seek, you will not find it elsewhere either.

If you neglect the marvels of your own home, how can you expect to find other marvels? In yourself there is a godly bounty. Know thyself, and you will know the world of the gods

Life is a banquet, where tomorrow is but a shadow.
And finally, know that:

“Vocatus Atque Non Vocatus Deus Aderit”

Vincent Montecristo

OUR MISSION

In the intimate confines of these pages, one will not find a scientific treatise, nor a claim of authority akin to a grand novel resonating with the charm of Gatsby’s dandyism. Instead, they reveal themselves as fragments of an enigmatic voyage, laid out on a map yet to be drawn.

Embracing the wisdom of Mark Twain’s adage, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why,” we embark on an exploration—a quest for the “why.” A profound quest that unfolds the essence of our being, our role in this world—our quest for the second day.

This second day, a pursuit of Aphroditean beauty, a Platonic vision of authentic and fitting manifestation in every aspect of existence. True beauty finds its roots in authenticity, as we radiate our most beautiful selves when genuine.

Guided by the philosophical echoes of Plato, Jung, and Hillman, we encounter our destiny, our Daimon—a presence perennially dwelling within us, as they articulate the quintessence of the second day. This cosmic rendezvous emanates through the conduit of intuition, as we bring to life the intelligent spirit embedded in our inherent image—a gift bestowed upon our very birth, dedicated to shaping the world around us.

We delve into the profound revelation that each of us carries a unique and individual image, an “inner destiny” guiding us towards our passions, talents, and distinctive paths in life. This destined image resides in the depths of our unconscious, emerging through dreams, fantasies, aspirations, and profound inclinations, directing us to an authentic expression of our selves.

This profound journey entails the deciphering of reality—a complex tapestry woven from subjective and objective strands. Yet, dare we breach the bounds of conventional perception and regard reality as a projection of our consciousness, an intricate web spun within the confines of our minds.

In this philosophical foray, we discover the potency of archetypes—a symbolic infrastructure unlocking the enigma of reality. These fundamental building blocks of human thought, as cherished by Socrates, form the bedrock of our comprehension and understanding of existence.

As Jung expounds, archetypes represent the universal patterns of thought, symbols, and images entrenched within the collective unconscious of humanity. They unfurl the narrative of myths—tales of significance and symbolism, weaving extraordinary characters and events—exploring the very genesis of our world, our humanity, and the profound interplay between divine nature and human destiny.

The journey reaches a momentous juncture where the mythical and archetypal realms entwine. As we act upon the image of myth, we indelibly influence the associated archetypes. A transformation or reinterpretation of a myth inflicts a profound metamorphosis upon the corresponding archetype—a harmonious interplay shaping our consciousness and existence.

And how do we channel this alchemy of myth and reality? Our canvas of expression is art—a potent medium with a magical touch. In this realm, the alchemical process unfurls—an alchemy of the psyche—a re-imagination, a revitalization, a fantastical triumph over the tangible world.

Thus, Alchemical Archeo Mythology is borne—a process of transmuting the primordial mythological image. Within this cultural cauldron, the ancient Greek myths, etched into our very DNA, unleash a torrent of emotions, resurrecting the secrets of our psyche. And Greece—oh, not merely the geographical terrain but the realm of the soul, as illuminated by the visionary James Hillman.

In statues and paintings, the body of myth transcends to a tangible narrative—an explosion of kinesthetic art. Here, we embark on a purposeful endeavor—a creation of art that mirrors the transformation from the original myth to a healed image—a vision resonating with a world at peace.

Traditionally, Olympus resided in perpetual conflict—a realm of powerful beings ensnared in endless rivalry. Yet, our art breathes new life into this mythic tapestry—transforming strife into harmony—a harmonious vision of a utopian world.

Alchemical Archeo Mythology—the panacea for our imagination, the elixir healing our archetypes through art that transcends mere myth. A sacred journey that uncovers the eternal quest—the quest for the second day—a quest that intertwines the very essence of myth and reality.

Life is a buffet of unstoppable moments: The golden bough, the aroma of coffee and other wonderfully superfluous observations.

As Auden says, part of the reason you are interested in my biography is for the phenomena through which the world entices me.

It is from there that my works are created; from that to which I am attracted. It is from there that my inquisitive roaming begins and it is there that the “me” you seek is to be discovered. My name is Vincent Montecristo.

I am a flaneur. When I saunter I explore the world, I enjoy myself, I probe places and crowds.

I am in quest of beauty in all its forms and pursue this mission through travel, art and collecting. I travel the world in search of Wunderkammer, curiosity cabinet pieces.

My fervour lies in finding objects that have a story to tell.

I expropriate the quality, origin, era and restoration of every piece.

I know how to understand the worth of desiring ownership of an object. And I know how to help an enthusiast in the choice of their object, which means capturing the calling behind that desire. It is a matter of fact that every object reveals its uniqueness in a personal way, it is never anonymous.

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