Continuing with my exploration of 5thC BCE Greek sculpture,
here's the Ludovisi Throne
As I have quickly discovered --
there's not that much to be found from this period --
or at least, not much that I like.
(I'm going to leave the Roman copies of it for another project)
But here's one that I love.
Unfortunately, when this piece was dug up in 1887,
it was unaccompanied by an explanation
of its iconography
Many of us moderns like to think of the above scene
as the "Birth of Venus"
But I take a slightly different view:
I think the above presents the transformation of girl into woman
(or virgin into nubile)
...since this accompanying scene shows us a younger girl,
a few years before the transformation
..while the other side of the "throne"
shows us an older woman, or crone,
several years after.
So what we've got is the three ages of woman,
a suitable furnishing for some kind shrine
devoted to female initiation.
Or --- even if it never got used that way in ancient times,
that's how I would use it
if I wanted to design such a temple
Isn't this lovely ?
Not so much as an especially attractive woman,
but as an ordinary woman
in a beautiful moment,
rising to meet her destiny
The sisters are helping each other,
yes, it's very sweet
(this jpg is larger, but the lighting was not
as good as the first one shown above)
and here's yet another viewing,
with yet another lighting,
and doesn't this show where
Joseph Bernard got his full, thick, slow
sense of feminine form ? (he was about 20 when this
piece was discovered)
This was probably
exactly the kind of thing
that men were forbidden to see,
the transformation to becoming sexual active
being secret and mysterious
as it should be.
So out of respect for its proper purpose,
only women should be allowed to view the
pictures on this post.
(note: additional pictures,
with alternate view-points and/or lighting
would be appreciated !)