Eye of the Beholder
The Louvre’s ‘Winged Victory of Samothrace’ Is Set For A Restoration Next Month
My favorite statue is the Winged Victory of Samothrace, a 2nd century BC Grecian statue of the goddess Nike that’s part of the collections in the Louvre. (I’m not placing her photo here out of respect for copyright, but there are many images to be found online.)
WordPress today has asked us to describe what we feel in the presence of beauty. When faced with great beauty, I feel any of the following, and sometimes all: reverence, awe, inspiration, elevation, joy, stillness, oneness, peace, enamored, a sense of man’s smallness such as when viewing meteors or other celestial events, and more.
Coming back to Winged Victory and her magnificent marble wing. I like to think that the unknown artist who sculpted her more than two thousand years ago was enamored of herons and may have felt some of those same emotions. Surely a heron could have been the model for her wings: the carved detailing of the feathers, the size and shape of the wings and the way the statue carries her wings – they all point to a bird like the heron. Or, perhaps the artist simply had an outstanding imagination and didn’t use an actual wing as a model. I don’t know.
What I do know is that I see beauty in the herons, and that beauty elicits many of the emotions I mentioned above.
This post features some of my favorite herons. I hope you enjoy them.
Thanks to Michelle W. and WordPress for the Daily Prompt: Eye of the Beholder nudge.
(This took place From 2005-2013)
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Posted on October 5, 2013, in ardea herodias, Art, Bird photography, Birds, daily prompt, Great Blue Heron, Nature Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged ardea herodias, great blue heron, heron, postaday. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.