No, I am not yet done having fun humanizing the statues at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Here are three more slightly offbeat notions:
First, our sweet little putto (the singular of putti) is quite a serious little child. He seemed to want to be portrayed in a classic black and white style to bring out his saintly aspect. But I also have visions of him being a celestial charmer with some lighter duties, like helping out by shooting arrows on St. Valentine’s Day.
The second statue’s pose made me laugh. The goddess seems quite worried that someone might watch her getting out of the shower. Therefore I snapped her like I was a voyeur with a cheap undercover camera, almost like through a keyhole.
Believe it or not, voyeur photography is a distinct and popular style of photography. A perennial question is at what point voyeurism crosses a privacy line. I think I may have gone over the line a bit.
Finally, the last statue amuses me every time I look at it. It is supposed to be a saint, but it’s a saint with the soul of a stern librarian. Look at that pursed mouth and scolding look. Can’t you just imagine her as a terror of a librarian behind the counter making sure you returned your books on time when you were a kid? I am sure she would rather cut off her left arm than damage a book, and look, she did exactly that.
Unfortunately I get no religious feelings from this image, just a bit of a giggle. But I do enjoy the lovely portrayal of the statue’s S-curve body and softly draped gown.
Next blog entry: a quick view of Rodin’s sculptures at NCMA