An Inspirational Journey
by Amy Lignor
There are tons of choices when it comes to planning your next vacation. While real sports lovers might plan a trip that takes them to every NFL game being played; others may want nothing more than to experience the Old West, and plan a trip designed to hit every “ghostly” town where legendary gunslingers once walked the streets. There is one plan, however, that is perfect for those who desire inspiration. An itinerary that takes them to the most stunning locations in order to feast their eyes on some of the most unique works of art created by hands that belonged to true geniuses.
It is a fact that the largest and most famous creations are actually set in the perfect places to visit. Who doesn’t want to go to Rome, or walk the streets of Paris? Setting up this particular itinerary would allow you to do just that.
This “inspirational journey” would most definitely bring you first to Italy. The art is certainly not the only facet of Italy that makes this country grand. Think of everything from the food to the ambiance to the charismatic people to the incredible history that can be found there. And when it comes to art, Florence and Rome certainly boast the most well-known inspirational pieces of all time.
In the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Italy, sits one of the most photographed statues ever created: “David.” The twenty-six-year-old genius Michelangelo convinced people that he deserved this commission. The hero, David, had been the subject of pieces before. But unlike the works of others who had David standing over the head of Goliath, the giant he felled, Michelangelo decided to create his sculpture of David before the great battle ever took place. Wearing an intense, emotional expression, the face Michelangelo made was intended to show the world how difficult it was for David to make the decision to fight Goliath, and the sculpture still remains one of the most visually beautiful of them all.
The second most famous sculpture in the world that can also be found in the unforgettable Italian world just so happens to have also been done by Michelangelo. Located in San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome, Italy, the work of “Moses” that the creative genius did was completely opposite from “David.” Moses is firm, serious – tense with anger. Studied for decades by both scholars and art historians, people still try to contemplate why, exactly, Michelangelo created Moses to look this way. And, to this day, the piece that has no equal.
Attempting to leave Italy will be the most difficult thing to do on your inspirational trip, yet if you can be pulled away, Auguste Rodin’s extremely famous “The Thinker” can be found in Paris, France. There have been so many recreations of this sculpture, they can’t be counted. But the original Rodin piece was actually commissioned for a doorway surround called “The Gates of Hell.” Rodin took his inspiration from a very famous poem that we all know called, “The Devine Comedy.” The pose is intended to give the viewer the impression that this man is “thinking” about poetry, and the view will take your breath away.
Staying in France, at the Louvre in Paris, the “Winged Victory” sculpture can be found. Discovered in 1863, this piece was dated as having been created around 200 to 190 BC. It is the winged Goddess, Nike, in a commanding pose that shows her victory over a battle at sea, and once seen can never be forgotten.
And when speaking about inspirational works, Rodin has yet another in Paris entitled, “The Kiss.” Based upon Dante’s Inferno, the Italian noble woman sculpted in the piece is seen in love with her husband’s younger brother; their sin that eventually caused them both to be discovered by the husband and killed. What causes the most emotion, perhaps, is the fact that Rodin did not sculpt the lovers actually kissing. Their lips do not touch, implying that they were killed before they ever got a chance to sin in the first place.
From the Bust of Nefertiti located in the Egyptian Museum of Berlin, Germany; to famous sculptures found much closer to home, such as Daniel Chester’s famous Abraham Lincoln Statue found in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C, a person can literally create a journey of pure inspiration.
Source: Baret News