Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Roman Nose


The Dream: A Roman nose, in the form of a mask.

Interpretation: I had this dream in Florence; it is a comment on the Italian Renaissance artistic sensibility that fills that city. The Roman (Italian artist) nose (knows). But what about the mask? Does the ubiquitous Christian framework for the art mask a story more ancient and primitive than the Biblical tales so relentlessly illustrated? We see hints of this with, for example, Michelangelo’s drunken Bacchus or Cellini’s Perseus.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What about the Etruscan presence in Tuscany? That's what came to mind for me when I was in Tuscany- the Italian masking the Etruscan which I'd often see in the architecture and pottery.
Your mask graphic is beautiful!

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