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On Alcman

Posted in Object, Photo, Poetry with tags , , , on November 18, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

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Do not judge the man by the stone. Simple is the tomb to look on, but holds the bones of a great man. Thou shalt know Alcman the supreme striker of the Laoconian lyre, possessed by the nine Muses. Here resteth he, a cause of dispute to two continents, if he be a Lydian or a Spartan. Minstrels have many mothers.

Text: Antipater of Thessalonica, The Greek Anthology VII:18 translated by W. R. Paton. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1917
Image: Marble stele [MAMA XI 70 (Sebaste)], 3rd century AD, Private collection

Reliques de Chopin

Posted in Art, Music, Object with tags , on November 6, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

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The sculptor Auguste Clésinger was a prominent member of the bohemian art world of mid-19th century Paris, and particularly of the circle of Frédéric Chopin and George Sand, whose daughter Solange he married in 1847. When Chopin died on 17 October 1849, Clésinger made his death mask and a cast of his hands. He also sculpted, in 1850, the marble funerary monument of Euterpe, the muse of music, for Chopin’s grave.

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Cléopâtre

Posted in Art, Object with tags , on November 6, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

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Auguste Clésinger
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date and location unknown

Bacchante couchée

Posted in Art, Greek Myth, Object with tags , on November 6, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

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Auguste Clésinger
marble, 1848
Petit Palais Musée des Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris

Femme piquée par un serpent

Posted in Art, Object with tags on November 6, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

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Auguste Clésinger
marble, 1847
Musée d’Orsay, Paris

…a hollow cup…

Posted in Greece, Object, Poetry with tags , on October 9, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

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Moulding the silver make me, Hephaestus, no suit of armour, but fashion as deep as thou canst a hollow cup, and work on it neither stars nor chariots nor hateful Orion, but blooming vines and laughing clusters with lovely Bacchus.

Text: Anacreon (c.582 – c.485 BC), The Greek Anthology XI:48 translated by W. R. Paton. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1918
Image: Gold decorated silver cup from Kamiros, Rhodes, c. 800 – 600 BC. via
This cup though not decorated in the manner specified by Anacreon has the advantage of being rather older than the poet and of a kind that he might well have drunk wine from himself. Ancient Greek silverware is naturally extremely rare, alas.

Giunone

Posted in Art, Greek Myth, Object, Poetry with tags , , , on September 21, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden
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Lorenzo Bartolini
plaster, c. 1820s
Galleria dell’Accademia, Firenze

I sing of golden-throned Hera whom Rhea bare. Queen of the immortals is she, surpassing all in beauty: she is the sister and the wife of loud-thundering Zeus,—the glorious one whom all the blessed throughout high Olympus reverence and honour even as Zeus who delights in thunder.

Attributed to Homer, translated by Hugh G. Evelyn-White. Cambridge, 1914