The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Hermes

Hermès tying his sandal. Roman II Century BC
















Musée du Louvre
The work of the bronze sculptor Lysippus, a contemporary of Praxiteles and official portraitist to Alexander the Great, focused above all on the male body. A very large number of works are attributed to his workshop.
The image of Hermes tying his sandal while listening to the orders of his father, Zeus, is characteristic of Lysippus's artistic endeavors. It should be remembered, however, that the head, which comes from another copy of the same work, is too small here, and that the incongruous supporting tree trunk under the thigh was added by the Roman copyist when he transposed the bronze original into marble.
Lysippus reworked Polyclitus's canon by lengthening it. The proportions are freer, the head now an eighth of the total height of the body and the muscle structure more slender - except, of course, in the statue of Heracles to your right. The artist sought in addition to situate the figure in a space that was also that of the observer, with a play of light and shade.
















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New York, Washington, Paris, Vienna, Eisenstadt, Venice, Firenze and Rome series try to continue in Sketches of Cities. (At Least Once A Week)
Gracias por su visita. / Thanks for visiting, please be sure that I read each and every one of your kind comments and I appreciate them all.

5 comments:

Japy said...

I like the second photo specially. Greetings.

Tony said...

Hola Carraol, hace tiempo que no paso por tu blog, ya que he tenido el ordenador en mal estado una temporada. Me gusta este primer plano, distorsionando el fondo, le dá una profundidad brutal...Saludos Tony

Mahon said...

beautiful pictures! the first one I really feel the living statue!
Bye!

Ventana Infinita said...

Estas capturas son brillantes, siempre resultan difíciles, pero has logrado que parezca sencillo. Que buen ojo tienes, gran edición la B/N.
Abrazos...

T. Becque said...

Dramatic b&w.