Category: Sculptures

Silver Speaks @ V&A

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Silver Speaks @ V&A

The above beautiful shining solid sliver abstract fine silver work which is an exhibit, rather caught my eye. The silver smith craftsman made five and from what I learned cost ¬£72,000.00 each. If I were a multi millionaire+. I think I would indulge myself ūüôā

The Maker’s diagonally stamped Hallmark can just be seen near the top.

This is just one of many wonderful silver work exhibits many dating back hundreds of years, in the ‘Silver Speaks’ exhibition, held in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. The V&A is well worth a visit if you can when in London.

 

The Age of Innocence

Age of Innocence, V&A, photo by JMorton

The Age of Innocence

The above marble sculpture of a young girl was by Alfred Drury. ¬†It was signed and dated in 1897. Apparently it was first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1897. ¬†It is now housed at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The young model for this work was Grace Doncaster, who was a daughter of one of Drury’s friend.

I was very taken with the facial feature of this bust.  The girl has such a sweet innocence about her.  Her plump cheeks and rounded chin are so lifelike!

Physical Energy @ Kensington Gardens, photo by PH Morton

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Physical Energy @ Kensington Gardens, photo by PH Morton

Physical Energy is a bronze sculpture by an English artist, George Frederic Watts.  Apparently Watts first casts the statue in plaster marquette, which now stands at the Watts Gallery, just 2 years before his death in 1902.  There are three bronze statues from the casts.  One is now in London (at Kensington Gardens), the second is in Cape Town, South Africa and the third is in Harare.

Physical Energy according to Watts is a symbol of “that restless physical impulse to seek the still unachieved in the domain of material things”.

This description was deemed apt for Cecil Rhodes, who made his fortune before he was 30 years old.

 

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Physical Energy @ Kensington Gardens, photo by PH Morton

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Physical Energy @ Kensington Gardens, photo by PH Morton

Lady of Lupari

Lady of Lupari @ V&A, Photo by PH Morton

Lady of Lupari @ V&A, Photo by PH Morton

The above bust was of a lady from the Lupari family, a prominent family in Bologna during the 1460s.

The bust is made from terracotta and the sculptor was Alfonso Lombardi.

What is a bust?

A bust is a sculpted or cast representation of a human upper body, from the chest to the neck up to the head.  The bust is often sat on a plinth to keep it secure.  A bust can be made from marbles, wood, metal, or terracotta.

An aust is an equivalent to a sculpted head of mythical beings and animals.

St Peter, First Apostle

St Peter (V&A), Photo by PH Morton

St Peter (V&A), Photo by PH Morton

St Peter, First Apostle

Peter was originally called Simon (Simeon).¬† Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter, the Greek translation of the Aramaic, ‘rock’ in anticipation of Peter’s major role as the leader of the disciples and the first church of Jerusalem.

Before Peter became a disciple, he was a fisherman together with his brother, Andrew.  He was also married.

Peter was a very interesting disciple.  He was the first disciple chosen by Jesus.  Though he was a willing one, he often questioned his faith.

He admitted his unworthiness and guilt when he had to deny knowing Christ three times as the cock crowed and when he was being examined by the Jewish council.

He was crucified in Rome head downwards.

Egyptians mock ‘ugly’ new Nefertiti Statue

Nefertiti and the unpopular modern creation

Nefertiti and the unpopular modern creation

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Egyptians Mock ‘ugly’ new Nefertiti Statue

With the showing of a new rendition of the classical  Egyptian beauty,  Queen Nefertiti, loosely or we should say very loosely based on the iconic bust,  has resulted in Egyptians mocking this latest recreation.

Queen Nefertiti ruled Egypt alongside her husband the heretical King¬†Akhenaten ¬†in the 14th century BC. ¬†Her legendary beauty reflected in the bust – her name in fact translates as “a beautiful woman has arrived.”

When authorities had this version commissioned for the Egyptian people, their reaction was as abrasive as a desert sandstorm

Nefertiti remains a proud symbol of their country’s impressive history and beauty. So when the authorities wanted to commission a statue at the entrance of the city of Samalut, they thought of the ancient queen.

Unfortunately, the replica bears  little resemblance to the legendary beauty, many  despaired for the state of Egyptian art.

“This is an insult to Nefertiti and to every Egyptian,” tweeted one Egyptian woman. Another wrote: “It should be named ‘ugly tasteless artless statue’… not Nefertiti.”

Many Egyptians feeling offended by the failed attempt to replicate the iconic bust directed their anger at the sculptors: “If you don’t know how to make statues don’t go and do something so unfair to the beautiful Nefertiti,” tweeted one man.

Some even compared the ¬†bust to the 1930s move classic ¬†Frankenstein’s monster!

Thank goodness the power of the people prevailed as the statue was removed and probably will not see the light of day any time soon!

 

Roger Vivier – Stiletto Maestro

To be carried by shoes, winged by them to wear dreams on one’s feet is to begin to give reality to one’s dream.
– Roger Vivier

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Roger Vivier was a French shoe designer. He’s credited for designing the first stiletto that captivated a lot of women and even men.

For 10 years, Vivier worked as a designer at Christian Dior.

His designs won acclaims around the world and for 35 years he became the master shoe designer predating Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin.

His designs were a work of art that they were compared to the famed Faberge eggs.

The Queen of England wore a Vivier original on her coronation.

Gift Horse on the Fourth Plinth @ Trafalgar

 'Gift Horse' by Hans Haacke in Trafalgar Aquare

‘Gift Horse’ by Hans Haacke in Trafalgar Aquare

Gift Horse on the Fourth Plinth @ Trafalgar

After basking at the sun and crowing at the moon for over a year, the huge cock  atop the fourth plinth at the Trafalgar Square has been finally retired into a more comfortable location, hopefully in some luscious and verdant farmville somewhere!

In its place is a skeleton of a horse which is a work of art by a 78 year-old artist, Hans Haacke.  The skeleton has an attachment of the London Stock Exchange ticker on one of its forearms.  Apparently the whole ensemble is about history, power and money.  The ticker on a skeleton is about the gap between the moneyed and the poor.

As GlobalGranary.Org’s tradition, we will see for ourselves how the statue looks in its choice prime location.

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Good bye Blue Cock!

 

 

Da A Fu – Great Good Fortune

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Da A Fu – Great Good Fortune

Peter got me these figurines as a memento of 2015 Chinese Lunar New Year. These two figurines are so cute with their plump rosy cheeks and big almond eyes.  They are also painted in bright colourful hues of red and blue.  These little figures are of two chubby children, a boy and a girl.

These figurines come with their own legend called the Da a Fu, which means great good fortune.

DSCN9546Once upon a time, a couple of big fierce hungry green lions were preying on children in Wuxi, Jiangsu.

It was unfortunate that fighting heroes were rather scarce at that time. ¬†So the villagers’ only recourse was to pray to their deities for help and deliverance. ¬†Their prayers were eventually heard by the celestial Jade Emperor, who sent two spirits, who manifested in the form of a boy and a girl.

Through cunning, wit and skill they were able to vanquish the two lions much to the joy and relief of the village people.

Ever since,  clay figurines were modeled as a homage and to show respect to the two children. Often the clay figurines are shown to hold the green lions in their arms.