Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Holy Grail

One of my favourite works of art is Rodin's "The Fallen Caryatid Carrying her Stone". An online picture of the work may be seen at the Tate Gallery website.

I've loved that little sculpture ever since I read a description of it in Robert Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land". I have never seen it in person, but I have seen many many pictures of it since I first heard about it at the age of twelve.

In this modern age, where everything and anything is available at the click of a button, the one thing I have not been able to do is to see it in person. The London trip fell through earlier this year. But more to the point, there are no reproductions available. I'm staggered by the latter fact. If you want a copy of 'the Thinker' such items are available in a plethora of media. But, not apparently, Rodin's less well known work.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

I know that I've seen one of the bronze copies, but I can't remember where. Probably one of the galleries in NYC.
I'm in awe of the genius of Rodin's work. Like you, I am quite fond of this piece.