Buried Treasure

In recent posts I’ve been boring you all about the massive spring house cleaning I’m doing. What I didn’t realize was that my computer is also in dire need of a cleanup. Does anyone else fall into that “sloppy computer” phase, or is it just me? Too many files, too many bookmarks, too many downloads, things I forgot to label and classify. I got careless and sloppy with everything from documents, images, music, etc, and now I don’t know what the hell is going on. It’s chaos I tell ya! Time to start dragging stuff into the trash I think.

But the good part about getting organized is that you find things you really want to keep, and can now archive them properly. In my iPhoto for example, I found some pictures I took at the Met that I probably intended to put on the blog or on Flickr and never got around to it. Some of them are worth sharing, so here we go.

Marble sculpture of Sappho by Comte Prosper D’Epinay, who worked in both France and Italy. This piece is from around 1895:

The favorite sculptor of my dear friend Bruce Williams is Aristide Maillol, so this one’s for him. It’s Maillol’s bronze masterpiece Night from 1909. A fascinating work, it is reminiscent of Rodin and his sensuality and naturalism but also of Brancusi and his abstract Modernism. I have done this closed, withdrawn pose many times, as have most artist’s models I’m sure. It’s relatively easy to hold for long lengths of time and looks great in both male and female figures. Artistically, it conveys a contemplative, almost world-weary mood along with a compact shape and voluminous forms:

Look at what else I found in my computer disarray; Orpheus! Man am I an idiot. I could have used this baby for my Orpheus post last week. I knew I had it! Damn. Anyway, this is Italian from the early 17th century:

At the age of 41, I still hold onto the fantasy that I will meet the man of my dreams, my knight in shining armor, at the Met. But actually he’s there every single day! The problem is he’s a little standoffish and never asks for my number 😆

I always stop by this painting when I go to the museum. Lovely, charming, and very beautiful in person, it’s Roman Girl at a Fountain by Leon Bonnat. I love the feet.

That’s about it for now. I have others but I’m going to keep them on reserve, properly catalogued, for use in future posts. Hope you enjoyed this little treasure hunt with me. Ciao darlings!!

10 thoughts on “Buried Treasure

  1. Jennifer says:

    I suddenly experienced coming upon the sculpture atrium at the Met once more! Thanx 🙂

  2. The feet, the hands and that scraggly,little plant in the crack at the base of the fountain! Wow!!

    The sculpted works: Lately I’ve developed a completely irrational (and temporary, I’m sure) distaste for sculptors. Each piece could be thousands of paintings, interpretations, drawings from different angles, etc. but the damn sculptor ties it all down in one fell swoop! 🙂

    • artmodel says:

      Jim,

      I fully understand you being so taken with the Roman Girl. It’s a magnificent work. And add the clothing/fabric to our joint list of marvelous details.

      So I see you’re thoroughly immersed in your anti-sculptor phase! I hope it’s just a phase. I read what you wrote, and your argument against them can also be used to make the case in favor of sculptors. Interesting.

      Thanks for your comments!

      Claudia

  3. Stephen says:

    Well!… That was fun and enriching – as usual – thanks Claudia – you have such a special gift

  4. Dawn says:

    I love your blog – found it by referral from an artist friend of mine in Stratford, Ontario. In looking at your sculpture photos, I wanted to share one of my favourite sculptures with you. It’s in Toronto. The backdrop for it now is a fast food restaurant and a variety store – the pose would not have been conceived to comment on that sad eventuality, but it seems an appropriate pose now to comment silently on its current surroundings…maybe even more appropriate now than it might have even back when it was first placed on the spot when it was a ’60’s college site, Rochdale College. The sculpture is called The Unknown Student. Just wanted to share… and thanks for your blog!

    • artmodel says:

      Dawn,

      Thank you so much! That is a powerful sculpture with a strong shape. “The Unknown Student” is an unusual title too.

      I’m so happy you’ve found Museworthy! Please comment again. It’s nice to have you 🙂

      Claudia

  5. Dawn says:

    The name of the statue is unusual, isn’t it? I have never tried to find out its history, but today I did. If you are interested, it’s in the article below. The history of the college in front of which the statue once stood takes up the bulk of the article, but the statue and a reference to its name is at the end… probably more interesting for me than you as I lived across from that statue for three years and am as taken with it now as I was back in the ’80s when I lived in close proximity to it.

    http://jamesfitzgerald.info/faulty.html

    Thanks again for the blog. I like your spirited approach to art and life! And I love that you speak your mind.

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