First in a series of posts examining the Riace Bronzes
Not to rush you, but I look forward to the next post
I saw these incredible statues on an excursion from nearby Sicily. They stood alone in a stark room against a white wall. They didn't seem like statues at all but humans frozen in time. Immobilized but full of contained energy. Masculine but not brutish. Fantastic.
This essay is highly creative and provocative. I studied The Classics in college ages ago in the 1970's and haven't read essays as provocative as this since, perhaps, Plutarch's Parallel Lives (Βίοι Παράλληλοι) planted so many seeds in my head. I'd be interested to know of the author's background. It must be as a scholar of the Classics. I regret that I left the world of scholarly pursuit to chase money in law and business. Thanks for submitting this post and please add more!
The article covers a lot of ground and is very good involving ancient/modern issues,
high student of Classical History here, credit REVOLVER for link.
All Classial History Profs will cover why it matters, why do we study the Greeks
or any history for that matter.
ARETE is a key concept, be the best you can be, lead, etc,
The Ancient Greeks were highly competitive, you name it, war, trade, art, drama, temple building, ...
The Bronzes no doubt were meant to awe and inspire, they were meant as SUPERHUMAN,
like modern body builders, very few if anyone looked like that, everything about them pops out,
it is overdone.
A powerful post. I look forward to hearing more!
Our current system doesn't have a problem with force. It loves to crush those who oppose it. Rather it has a problem with individual strength and the bronzes look they'd put up a good resistance to being crushed.
There does seem something alien in their expressions but what that might be, and whether that was intentional on the sculptor's part, I can't tell.
Excellent work. Thanks for writing it!
Love this article, compelling, inspiring and motivating. . .
Many years from now, somebody will dig up a bronze statue of a 350 pound American consumer from 2022, in what was once a Chuckee Cheese parking lot.
Very interesting, do you know of any long reply to the polychromatism propaganda?
great job here too. just a note: is this a typo? "Were they frens?"
Who is Elizabeth Frink? Moreover, why does she matter in the face of great art?
The Myth of Progress is one of the greatest scams of all time. Morons love it, of course.
I have an interest in know more about these sculptures but holy shite, there are so many unnecessary words and thoughts in this article.