Thursday, December 03, 2015

Signs and Wonders at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA): Second Cycle

This is a closeup of a (possibly) naughty little dog being chased in the Basilica of St. John Lateran in the year 1725. I love the way the eyes are portrayed -- this 290-year old detail could just as easily be happening today, eh?
Here's the full painting, by Pier Leone Ghezzi (1644-1755): Benedict XIII Presiding over the Province of Rome Synod of 1725. There are two scampering dogs in the lower right foreground, "just being playful."
Here's a 1925 bronze statue of Diana (Artemis) just after shooting an arrow at Actaeon (Aktaion), even as her other hounds are attacking him. His crime? Spying on her in the nude without her consent. Unlike King David staring at Bathsheba, the man in this story is thwarted and punished immediately. It's good to be the goddess. 

Today's Rune: Signals. 


Charles Gramlich said...

Sometimes I think I should have been a curator. That would be so much fun

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Excellent spotting of the hounds being loosed!