My love affair with this series continues. As does my art education. Here I knew 33% of the cover art, hardly an achievement given that Michelangelo's David is possibly the most famous sculpture in the world.
Winged Victory of Samothrace
Nicholas of Verdun, Shrine of the Three Kings
Great Buddha of Kamakura
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Fountain of the Four Rivers
Auguste Rodin, The Burghers of Calais
Constantin Brancusi, Endless Column
Claes Oldenburg, Giant Toothpaste Tube
Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty
Niki de Saint Phalle, Stravinski Fountain
Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate
I shall concentrate on the three Parisian sculptures, just because I can. I have been lucky enough to see the Winged Victory of Samothrace twice now on visits to her home in the Louvre.
But I didn't know that she was a depiction of the Goddess of Victory, Nike (or indeed why that is the name of a shoe company). She is beautiful and certainly awe inspiring as she is given pride of place at the top of a flight of stairs in the Louvre.
I wasn't familiar with Rodin's Burghers of Calais, despite visiting the Rodin Museum last year. We didn't get to go inside the house, it may be in there, or perhaps we missed it in the grounds. An excellent excuse to plan a return visit anyway. Ah, no, it's outside.
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The Burghers of Calais is fascinating for a number of reasons. It does depict the surrender of Calais in 1347 to the English during the Hundred Year War. Which is an unusual moment for the city of Calais to want to memorialise in such a way. The original is in Calais, 12 copies have been made (most of which were after Rodin's death) which are on display around the world.
The third Parisian sculpture is again one I haven't seen, but only because of my dislike of the architecture of the Centre Georges Pompidou. I've glimpsed it down the rue, but never been interested enough to go a few blocks out of my way. Next time in Paris, I shall have to make the detour. Because lurking nearby is the Stravinsky Fountain created by husband and wife team, Niki de Saint Phalle (the only likely female sculptor I can see in this book) and Jean Tinguely.
The cover art is of course Michelangelo's David, Claes Oldenburg, Giant Toothpaste Tube and Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty.
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