Saturday, August 30, 2008

It has to be ancient

In December of 1963,
this handsome dude
was pulled off the bottom of the Mediterranean,
about 300 meters off the coast of Valencia.

Scholars pondered it origins,
and decided that it was Greek, 4th C. B.C.
(or a Roman copy thereof)

And -- of course -- it's ancient,
because this is simply not the way
a male figure would present itself
in any subsequent civilization.

This is a male bathing beauty ---
i.e. --- it's way too gay.

The insouciant pose...
as well as the sensual way
that beautiful right leg and foot has been drawn.

That's why I find figure sculpture so fascinating ---

because design choices change over time and place,
even if human anatomy is always the same.


Anonymous marly said...

I love google. One can find out anything. That's AMBULANCIAS SESANI of Valencia in the background, so if the dude feels a little ill from sitting on that mammoth chunk of rock, he can call for help.

Call me nothing if not curious.

And now I have played in your marvelous playground for long enough. Good night, Chris!

September 08, 2008  
Blogger chris miller said...

Google is such a candy store for curious minds!

We should probably lock ourselves out of it a few hours every day -- just so we can get things done.

September 09, 2008  

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