Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Ganymede and the Eagle
I have been pretty much housebound because of vertigo, which is still hanging around and keeping me from taking new photos. I am going to show you another wonderful Art in Bloom pairing of sculpture and floral arrangement that I saw in April during the exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. This particular statue, Ganymede and the Eagle by Bertel Thorvaldsen, was interpreted by Mary Mulvehill who was "fascinated with eagles and inspired by Ganymede's boyhood charm."
Don't know about Ganymede? "Ambrosia and nectar were believed to be “the food of the gods” in ancient Greece, and Ambrosia is often characterized as a fluid. The Neoclassical sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen shows Ganymede – the gods’ cupbearer – serving Ambrosia in a two-handled drinking vessel or kylix to Zeus, the Father of the Gods. Zeus is portrayed as an eagle, which is the guise Zeus took on when he carried Ganymede away from earth and to Mount Olympos, where he made the beautiful young man an immortal servant to the gods." (Credit: ArtsConnected.org)