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Friday, August 20, 2021

Random unidentified sculptures and matches


For our Friday art this week, we'll see some sculptures from my collection that I have no informationf for.  Each will be followed by a matching 20th C. nude photo.  We start with an interesting piece that must tell a unique story because I haven't seen another at all like it.

 

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  1. Maybe he was chilly? But again, there's that classical aversion to a man-sized penis.

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  2. Certainly and interesting and unusual pose. From the chains perhaps a freed slave?

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    1. I hadn't noticed the chains. I think you're onto something.

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  3. Unusual composition with contradictory elements. Usually the differences in size and height indicates the larger than life god with a noticeably smaller human, but the larger figure appears to have been chained and has work tools in both hands. One of the things that distinguished the "civilized" Romans from the hoards of "barbarians" was their well maintained short haircuts and clean shaven faces. The smaller figure is clearly sculpted as a barbarian, but wears some soldiers pieces. The larger civilized/clean shaved figure is outfitted like a slave. I'd love to know what the inscription on the right side of the sculpture says.

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    1. I think the "smaller" figure may be an entirely different sculpture that was just caught in the picture, but I'm not sure.

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  4. It is a sculpture of Spartacus, made by Denis Foyatier (1830) and is in the Louvre Museum. Starting in 18th century CE France, Spartacus became elevated to iconic status as an enemy of oppression and champion of freedom.

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