Man and Beast

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February 21, 2012 by The Editor

These are photographs from my trip to Paris in October 2001. It was an interesting time to be … anywhere. These sculptures are much photographed. What is it about sculpture, about art in general, that makes us want to extend it into another medium by taking photographs? Why do we insist on capturing the immovable?

Portal of the Virgin, Notre Dame de Paris

The Virgin, here as Queen of Heaven, appears to be presiding over Eden. She is held aloft not only by the figures of Adam and Eve, but also the Serpent personified as a temptress. Is it Lilith herself?

Unfortunate Soul. Western Facade, Notre Dame de Paris

The Devil beneath the feet of saints. What did the image of ‘evil defeated’ say to the medieval pilgrim whose journey might be at an end at Notre Dame de Paris? What does the image of a devil in torment say to us today?

Theseus Slaying the Minotaur, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris

The legendary founder-king of Athens slays the half-bull, half-man Minotaur, symbol of the archaic order passing into myth.

Theseus Slaying the Minotaur, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris

Which is the Man, and which is the Beast?

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2 thoughts on “Man and Beast

  1. rosewater12 says:

    Wonderful pictures and excellent commentary

  2. SR says:

    BREATH-TAKING. THANKS FOR SHARING. GOD BLESS, SR

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