Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Sculpture and Architecture
Sculpture has always been " a handmaid to architecture".
All those marble Greek figures were parts of buildings.
In Portland, Maine, I found these ceramic corbels on the Catherine McAuley Catholic High School. I can identify Shakespeare and Dante. The two women over another entrance? Not a clue. Well a clue, as one is wearing a wimple, perhaps the founder of a the Sisters of Mercy order of nuns? The other woman, Beatrice to balance Dante? Or Shakespear's "Dark Lady"?
It's funny how the sculptor turned the scroll on the men into a mono-bosom on the women.
Beautifully done work on an building from the 1870's.