Sunday, January 13, 2013

An Evening at the Portland Art Museum

Body Beautiful

  As I wandered the musty Portland Art Museum on a rainy January Friday, it struck me that classical statuary is a snapshot of ancient ideals. A slice into the B.C. mind. A psychological window to the past. 

 Me on my Outing

 The sampling of Roman copies of Greek originals appeared motivational..... idealistic..... celebratory.... egotistical..... controlled perfection. The almost over-carved marble figures clearly showed the ancient concept of an 'ideal man' - fit, vigorous, self-contained.

  In contrast, today's popular view is to be the best version of you, whatever that flavor may be. So what would a marble statue of your ideal look like? An athlete? A craftsman? A priestess? A mythic hero or demigod?

  Hmm...I might pick a sly nymph. Flirty and irreverent. ;)


"It is a disgrace to grow old through sheer carelessness before seeing what manner 
of man you may become by developing your bodily strength and beauty to their highest limit."

Nearly Naked Beauty
Ancient Zombie Boy?! ;)

Striking Stylized Helmet