The text is by Johan Wolfgang Goethe (German philosopher): ‘Keine Kunst ist's, alt zu werden; Es ist Kunst, es zu ertragen.’ Translation: It needs no art to age; but to bear it, is an art.”
Original VersionAs an added bonus, Jess has kindly shared a pdf version of these works in postcard form for you to download from here. (The Creative Commons License is at the bottom of the right sidebar.)
Enlightened C says:
I am a big fan of picture typography. I really am awestruck by this piece. This worked is packed with so much symbolism that one can easily view it though the multi-facets that Goethe himself might have done. Thank you for sharing this piece with us, both the original. and the alternative version. This truly is a wonderful birthday gift for anyone who loves skulls or just art in general.