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photoblog image A Look Inside Shugborough House 6/7

A Look Inside Shugborough House 6/7

To finish this series on Shugborough Hall the first of two images of the classical Greek style statues in the entrance hall to the house.  I am not very knowledgeable on Greek mythology so no doubt some of you might be able to enlighten me as to who these two unclad characters are.

 

A Look Inside Shugborough House 6/7

To finish this series on Shugborough Hall the first of two images of the classical Greek style statues in the entrance hall to the house.  I am not very knowledgeable on Greek mythology so no doubt some of you might be able to enlighten me as to who these two unclad characters are.

 

comments (11)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 12 May 2012, 01:29
Guessing, Brian...Italian [notGreek], and could be Romulus and Remus?
Brian Walbey: If you get time to look back Ray you will see Philine has sussed it all out, Castor and Pollux. No I don't know of them either smile
I've no idea, but I do like how the wall color shows them off!
Brian Walbey: Philine, as usual, sussed it all out Elizabeth, two characters called Castor and Pollux apparently.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 12 May 2012, 06:29
"The Castor and Pollux group (also known as the San Ildefonso Group, after San Ildefonso in Segovia, Spain, the location of the palace of La Granja at which it was kept until 1839) is an ancient Roman sculptural group of the 1st century AD, now in the Museo del Prado, Madrid.

Drawing on 5th- and 4th-century BC Greek sculptures in the Praxitelean tradition, such as the Apollo Sauroctonos and the "Westmacott Ephebe", and without copying any single known Greek sculpture, it shows two idealised nude youths, both wearing laurel wreaths. The young men lean against each other, and to their left on an altar is a small female figure, usually interpreted as a statue of a female divinity. She holds a sphere, variously interpreted as an egg or pomegranate. The group is 161 cm high and is now accepted as portraying Castor and Pollux."
Often interpreted as Hypnos (Sleep) and Thanatos (Death)- they are brothers!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castor_and_Pollux_%28Prado%29
Brian Walbey: Thanks for sorting all this information out Philine, I'm not into all this Greco/Roman knowledge, my school failed miserably in covering that sort of subject.
not my kind of crop and composition
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Chantal, you have my permission to take the photo and present it your way, I look forward to seeing your interpretation.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 May 2012, 08:05
No idea who they are but they look like err...close friends Brian
Brian Walbey: Castor and Pollux according to Philine, not a couple I'm at all familiar with.
Don't be shy Chris ... It is plainly obvious that they are very close friends.

What would we do without Philine ... We are all very idle now that we can rely on her to do the research.
Brian Walbey: I must admit to not being into any Greco/Roman stuff, my school should have done better, but I do believe Philine really enjoys digging out all this information for us.
Philine is a fount of knowledge Brian!
I like the verticals here.
Brian Walbey: She is indeed Richard, what would we do without her.
Yes, Castor and Pollux came to my mind - looks as though it could do with a bit of a was and brush up!
Brian Walbey: I'm not into Greco/Roman things Tom so it is good we have members like Philine and yourself to fill in the missing details with pictures like this one.
Aynuk and Ayli Brian. Well known in the black country wink
Brian Walbey: I've never heard of them either Bill, are they related to Tom, Dick and Harry, who seem to roam quite freely throughout our land smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 May 2012, 22:19
Yes Castor and Pollux the children of Zeus and Leda. They hatched from an egg and are also known as the Gemini - my birth sign.
Brian Walbey: I must admit to not knowing anything at all about mythology, I have learnt quite a lot from posting this image.
Castor, or is it Pollux, wants to be a bit careful with that axe.
Brian Walbey: Indeed he should be Graeme.

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