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October 12th, 2005

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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

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Date:October 13th, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)
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 ...
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Date:October 13th, 2005 10:03 am (UTC)
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....
Date:October 13th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I find seeing things in person where I can tell the contours helps.

Did you get my email?

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