Lost and Found

Venus de Milo rear view

Lost for 1800 years, she was found
hiding on her home island of Milos.
Without arms holding, her modesty sliding down
her nude torso holds our modern gaze.
She is cold in this Parisian coffin.


Venus de Milo front view

It was 200 years ago that a Greek farmer on the island of Milos found a statue. It was damaged but still beautiful.

Most people assume – and it is an assumption – that she is meant to be Venus/Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty, and fertility. She was sculpted around 130-100 BC. Some art historians believe she is the sea-goddess Amphitrite who was venerated on the island of Milos.

The statue was purchased by France for 1000 francs and now resides at the Louvre in Paris – found but still a long way from home.

Ici Repose

Vincent and Theo

In a pretty little French town, Auvers-sur-Oise,

we will walk up from the station,

past that church, past that wheat field,

to his grave, against the cemetery wall,

alongside his brother Theo, and we’ll pray.

 


Church of Auvers-sur-Oise

Wheat Field with Crows

Daubigny's Garden

Daubigny’s Garden, possibly Vincent’s final painting

The Unicorn

 

I prefer the mythical horse with horn.

Figuratively something desirable but difficult to obtain.

Rather than a billion-dollar start-up company definition.

Leave the myths alone. Set unicorns free.

Stop unraveling the tapestry threads of history.

 

unicorn tapestry

Unicorn tapestry www.metmuseum.org/art/

 

 

Pentimento

A new year is drawn but shows

days recently erased still beneath.  It’s repentance.

It has a long life. It bleeds

through the new work, day, life

and haunts the wet, freshly painted present.

 

Blue Room

Picasso’s 1901 Blue Period painting The Blue Room under infrared imaging revealed another portrait underneath the room scene. This pentimento is a bearded man in formal wear wearing a number of rings on his fingers. Did Pablo run out of money for a new canvas, or did he regret what he had painted?