"All things from eternity are of like forms and come round in circle." - Marcus Aurelius
Circles are among the oldest of geometric symbols and commonly represent unity, wholeness, and infinity. Pythagoras called the circle "monad," the most perfect of creative forms, without beginning or end, without sides or corners.
In the Zen Buddhist philosophy, a circle stands for enlightenment and perfection in unity with the primal principles. Circles are sometimes symbols of the Judeo-Christian God and sanctity, appearing as halos. In Chinese symbology, the circle represents the heavens.
Oil on cradled panel. 5" x 7" (13 x 18 cm). Private collection.