Thursday, 24 April 2008

Davidone


No one seems to know who did this. Just as long as they keep their hands off Cellini's Perseus, seen below from the front and behind
- gloriously, almost fetishistically lit, so that he looks like one of those body-buffed CGI Spartans from 300. David's no slouch as a sex object, despite this final humiliation and his second life as a fridge magnet complete with wardrobe. But I've always had a preference for the rather rougher trade feel of the Cellini, and the fact that the faces of Perseus and the Medusa look almost identical, with the latter a slightly smaller version of the former, as though Cellini were trying to tell us something about power, as he does in his Autobiography. A few years ago, it was possible to get to within a few feet of the sculpture during its restoration and it was extraordinary to see how distorted the proportions are when you stand eye- or chest-level to it. It wasn't designed to be seen that way, of course, but even from below the sheer weight of the arms and legs is impressive. Just try slipping a pair of magnetised knickers over those thighs.

4 comments:

Kay Sexton said...

It's enough to get you on a treadmill, that's for sure. How interesting that you like the Perseus too. Sculpture I can take or leave, but that one is actually pinned up over my desk ... Am I actually your long-lost twin or something?

Charles Lambert said...

Don't go there, Kay!

(Pinned up over your desk? From which angle?)

Kay Sexton said...

The front view with the two faces, in which I always think Medusa looks quietly relieved, like somebody who's just discovered that you can cure migraine by drilling a hole in your skull.

Charles Lambert said...

Fabulous!