Well, once again I’ve been slaving
over a hot scanner and enclosed herein are some of the fruits of my labours.
I’ve actually got so much material I thought I’d better divide it into
two groups. This group comprises a total of 11 photos of six real statues
that I happen to like. Most of them are clipped from obscure art books
– often so obscure I can’t remember the titles! Group 2, which I’ll send
later, consists of statuesque models.
Contents of group 1:
ANTONIO CANOVA The Three Graces
Wouldn’t you know it? The three
most gorgeous women in statuary, and they’re embracing each other! Photos
by Leem, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Canova is a famous artist,
and if anyone’s interested they can probably find books on him and his
work at the Bookfinder site.
PAUL MANSHIP Diana
Diana, goddess of hunting, is
bathing in a pool when she’s spotted by Actaeon the hunter. Furious, Diana
gives chase and shoots Actaeon with a magic arrow that turns him into a
stag, and his own hounds tear him to pieces. Charming story. Seen here
are two different versions of the statue and a closer view of the second
one. Manship also sculpted the Prometheus statue for New York’s Rockefeller
Plaza. A fairly famous American sculptor, you should be able to find further
information in a web search.
PAUL MANSHIP Dancer and Gazelles
This one appeals to me through
TOFT The Spirit of Contemplation
Two views of a statue in the
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. An obscure British artist.
HARRY PARKER Ariadne
She’s waiting for her lover
to return from over the sea. Another obscure British artist about whom
I can discover nothing.
HARRY BATES Pandora
Bates was slightly less obscure,
but only just! This is in the Tate Gallery, London. Unfortunately the Tate
is heavily into "modern art" (blecch!) and doesn’t seem very proud of its
Victorian collection, which tends to stay locked away where no one can