Advent: December 22nd

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This is a scene from part of the Parthenon Marbles, more commonly known as the Elgin Marbles.

Originally sculptures adorning the Parthenon and other buildings at the Acropolis, these sections now reside in a specially built part of the British Museum. They were removed from Greece at the beginning of the 19th century by Lord Elgin for which he was criticised at the time and much controversy still surrounds them now.

This piece attracted my attention because of the cow, it’s stance and the beauty of the detailing over the muscles and folds of skin on it. I’m always fascinated by the way that sculptors of hard stone can make the unyielding surface look soft and alive with working with tools of cold metal. According to the notes it is said to have inspired John Keats poem “Ode on a Grecian Urn”.

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