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photoblog image A Look Inside Shugborough House 7/7

A Look Inside Shugborough House 7/7

The second image of Greek mythology statues in the entrance hall at Shugborough Hall, and also the final photo in this series is this one.  Once again I will rely on some of you to provide more details of whom it is actually supposed to be.

 

 

A Look Inside Shugborough House 7/7

The second image of Greek mythology statues in the entrance hall at Shugborough Hall, and also the final photo in this series is this one.  Once again I will rely on some of you to provide more details of whom it is actually supposed to be.

 

 

comments (14)

Low slung vehicles - risk of grounding
Brian Walbey: Indeed Graeme, I presume it is resting on some sort of log, I'm not into this stuff at all.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 May 2012, 01:07
A most unfortunate cancerous growth on his belly, Brian...I doubt he is a Queen's Slipper winner.
Brian Walbey: There must be some story about the log on which it is resting Ray, blowed if I know what it is. Philine has filled in all the missing details after you commented.
Centaur- Greek Man / Horse. That's all I can tell ya!
Brian Walbey: I guessed that was probably the case Elizabeth, it goes without saying that Philine has filled in all the details.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 13 May 2012, 06:29
He looks so suave and debonair, Brian. smile
Brian Walbey: He does indeed Ginnie.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 May 2012, 07:20
Yes, Elizabeth is right -and she might have seen this Centaur in the Capitoline Musea or in the Louvre... This is the older Furietti Centaur, painfully looking back to lost love...

"The Furietti Centaurs (known as the Old Centaur and Young Centaur, or Older Centaur and Younger Centaur, when being treated separately) are a pair of Hellenistic or Roman grey-black marble sculptures of centaurs based on Hellenistic models. One is a mature, bearded centaur, with a pained expression, and the other is a young smiling centaur with his arm raised. ...
The strongly contrasted moods were intended to remind the Roman viewer of the soul troubled in pain with love or uplifted in joy, themes of Plato's Phaedrus and Hellenistic poetry...."
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furietti_Centaurs)
Brian Walbey: Thanks Philine. It looks to be a good copy of the original.
Not my kind of ornament...
Brian Walbey: Nor mine Chantal, it is actually quite a large sculpture so i wouldn't have room for it anyway.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 May 2012, 07:34
http://cartelen.louvre.fr/cartelen/visite?srv=car_not_frame&idNotice=910 (the only statue showing the old centaur with little Eros teasing him, but the old man has been captivated (his hands are tied together on his back) - but is it always too late to fall into love?
Brian Walbey: They certainly came up with some stoires in the old Roman/Greek mythology days didn't they.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 May 2012, 08:03
Once again Phline has come to our rescue with her knowledge. I always feel a little uneasy with with art like this. I prefer something more straightforward whee I don't have to think so much smile
Brian Walbey: I must admit to not ever having been interested in Roman/Greco mythology Alan.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 May 2012, 08:04
..it it was my house, this would be off to the charity shop !
Brian Walbey: It wouldn't be in my house in the first place!
Yes it is a Centaur. Apparently there are also female ones but they are rarer
Brian Walbey: Well I've certainly never come across one Bill in all my travels here and there smile
This is a Centaur Brian.
For more details please click on the following link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centaur
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, I must admit to not being into Greco/Roman mythology very much.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 May 2012, 17:38
Philine is right...she always is
Brian Walbey: She is a very knowledgeable lady who likes digging out information she doesn't know I feel, I hope you enjoy your time with her this week.
Great image of a rather strange hybrid
Brian Walbey: Thanks Martin, I wonder if anybody in ancient Greece actually ever saw one of these, apart from when they'd imbibed a tad too much!
Not at all like the lady Centaurs who advertise yoghurt on television, but it does give me an idea Brian.
Brian Walbey: I can guess what that idea is Les, I await the result with interest.

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