Wednesday, February 20, 2013
"Ma'at"
6:50am


Ink pen and colored pencil on acid free paper, 17.8 x 25.3 cm (7 x 10 in.) Printable version of line drawing is available.


I created a template from two different photos of Ma'at in Seti I's temple, one of her head and shoulders and one showing her torso - (both photos by "Mutnedjmet").

If I am ever lucky to visit Egypt, the site I'd most want to see is Seti I's temple at Abydos. He featured beautiful renderings of various deities, among them the Goddess Ma'at. No doubt this was partially influenced by his throne name "Men-Ma'at-Ra", "Eternal is the Truth/Justice of Ra".

Friday, February 22, 2013
"The Libyan Sibyl"
7:26pm

Looking in photo archives for a suitable photo for the Photo Friday theme of "Familiar Faces", I've found I'd forgotten some lovely pieces I'd seen in my travels. Here's one:


The Libyan Sibyl, 1861; this carving, 1868
William Wetmore Story (Salem, Massachusetts 1819 Vallombrosa, Italy 1895)
Marble; 57 x 30 7/8 x 43 3/4 in. (144.8 x 78.4 x 111.1 cm.)
Bequest of Henry Cabot Lodge through John Ellerton Lodge,
Smithsonian American Art Museum 1925.6.3


See also "Cleopatra" by William Wetmore Story

Sunday, February 24, 2013 A
"'Diana' by Hiram Powers"
1:24pm


Diana, 1853
Hiram Powers (Woodstock, Vermont 1805 - Florence, Italy 1873)
Marble; 29 3/8 x 21 x 12 7/8 in. (74.7 x 53.3 x 32.7 cm)
Gift of William H. Gerdts, Smithsonian American Art Museum 1973.129
Interesting that this piece, "carved in 1853, was discovered in an antique shop in Portugal more than a century later."
Also, note that both William Story and Hiram Powers were both two American sculptors who died in Italy.

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