|Autumn Leaves by John Everett Millais 1856 *|
They see it, don't they?
Children should be brought up, too, to perceive that a miracle is not less a miracle because it occurs so constantly and regularly that we call it a law; that sap rises in a tree, that a boy is born with his uncle's eyes, that an answer that we can perceive comes to our serious prayers; these things are not the less miracles because they happen frequently or invariably, and because we have ceased to wonder about them.
-Mason, Vol. 6, p. 148
*John Ruskin said that this painting was "the first instance of a perfectly painted twilight." Mallais himself said of the painting that he "intended the picture to awaken by its solemnity the deepest religious reflection. I chose the subject of burning leaves as most calculated to produce this feeling." I think it's beautiful.