Sunday, February 3, 2013

Europe, The Four Continents

Europe, The Four Continents by Daniel Chester French, Custom House, Bowling Green, New York
Europe, The Four Continents by Daniel Chester French, 1903-1907
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, Bowling Green
New York, September 2008

See also: Asia - America - Africa (The Four Continents)

“The next sculpture to the right is Europe. The central figure in this sculpture sits majestically on a throne with a relief on the side referencing an ancient frieze from the Parthenon. She sits up straight, her crowned head held high as she looks somberly ahead. She wears a voluminous, draping cloak, in the style of the ancient Greeks, with a hem decorated with coats of arms. Her left arm rests on a large book, which is itself on top of a globe of the earth. Behind her, the throne turns into the front of a ship, and there is a Roman Imperial Eagle perched above it. Behind the central figure there sits an old woman, shrouded in a long cape, and reading from a book.”
(The Four Continents, New York City Public Art Curriculum)

3 comments:

cieldequimper said...

I'd love to go back...

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I long to visit Europe someday!

tapirgal said...

I like the sculpture, but I especially like the animal masks (?) on the left.