October 12th, 2005
|06:45 pm - Etruscan Reliefs and the Priest|
I'm looking at a few Etruscan reliefs today. The first has intrigued me since I first saw it: two young men wrestle a stag to the ground, the first with his arms around the animal's muscular neck and the other with one hand on an antler and the other on a back leg. The scene amazes me with action.
The second is a set of reliefs about the transit of the sun. I'm staring at them, seeing the story but unable to articulate it. The rising sun from the sea, the dawn, the transit, the morning star that precedes him, the stars that shine above, and the hero who this myth centers around.
When I see these reliefs, I see the stories. I watch them dance through my mind, scenes shifting and shaping before my mind's eye. I catch fragments of rituals that enact these scenes, these myths that the icons portray.
The Priest is slowly waking up.
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: "Railroad Lady", -JB
The first one is beautiful. So dynamic. The one hidden behind the bull really catches my attention, as he is so obviously exerting himself. You can see the strain in his muscles and the grit in his teeth. However, for whatever reason the one grabbing the antler and the leg does NOT look like he is actually pulling, but rather holding on. And if you look at it logically, isn't his hand positioned to push the antler the opposite way the man holding the neck is pulling? If he were pushing it the same direction, his fingers would be on the other side. Hmm, maybe I am just overanalyzing. Or maybe I just happen to be one of those people who occassionally dislikes people they see portrayed in art with no understood reason.
As for the second one, I thought it was a woman. Maybe I am just completely unfamiliar with anything Etruscan. It's really dynamic, too, though; all of the lines and shading in the background become all sorts of things in my eyes. Sometimes the white looks like daggers, sometimes the bones of wings or fins, sometimes rays of light.
Heh, of course, my perception is probably vastly different from yours, since you understand the context of the culture and I can only begin to guess.
Thanks for sharing. :)
|Date:||October 13th, 2005 12:59 am (UTC)|| |
As far as the first one goes, it looks to me like the left figure is holding the antler back so the man trying to pull it to the ground doesn't get gored by it. I think I've seen something like that before demonstrated with real people, and what the rear guy is doing is trying to protect the guy up front and make the quadraped less sturdily balanced, so that the guy in front can actually have a chance to pull it over.
Etruscans are vastly different than the IE cultures that appeared later around them. They will seem a bit strange and unfamiliar.
The Etruscians were amazing artists- especially with metals.
Remember that coin I gave you when I came back from Florence? I got it in Feisole, which has the ruins of a Roman bath & ampitheater. It was originally an Etruscian town & there were also ruins of the temple. I sat in it for over an hour. The energy the place still had was ... wow.
I generally prefer thier architecture to their art, but certain things resonate.
|Date:||October 12th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC)|| |
Hey, I thought you didn't like art!
He'll probably find a way to argue that it's not really art. ;-)
No, I just think that useless thigns are just that: useless.
|Date:||October 13th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)|| |
Ah, tautology. :-)
|Date:||October 13th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC)|| |
What's the use of the relief?
I love art museums and I love looking at art, but those don't really appeal to me because there's not enough color or difference in texture for me to tell what is going on without straining my brain.
Spatial reasoning. Yep, I could use some more skills with it.
Now, to read for class tomorrow ...
The bottom one is actualy red, black & white on the pieces themselves- those are just black & white drawings of them where the grey areas show the red.
Wonder if there's photos of the actual reliefs around somewhere....
Sometimes I find seeing things in person where I can tell the contours helps.
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