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Monday, August 21, 2017

Imagine all the peoples


Details from a sculpture on the Charles Bridge in Prague; most statues there date back to the early 18th century. Paradoxically, this work is not "racist" while -- more or less -- aiming at being so! It shows the non-European peoples who literally "support" the Western civilization epitomized by a Catholic missionary on the top. At the same time, however, the portraits of Asians, Africans, Native Americans are of healthy, handsome men, so that it turns out to be one of the most interesting representations of the world peoples in Baroque art (which was imported to Prague a bit late, from a chronological viewpoint). We will meet an international male beauty contest like this in G. B. Marino's poem Adonis too.