Melancholy: Venice

1222161546Sarah Jenkins (velvethadrian), 2016.

A beautifully lit marble statue of a boy in the Correr Museum in Venice. The art historian in me wants to say that it is too dark, with misleading contrast that makes the whole thing look sad and that that sadness is probably not inherent in the artwork itself but has been created by the museum’s choice of display. The art lover in me reveled in that pensive downward glance of the face and eyes, as well as the tiny subtle highlights of the eyelids that make the whole thing seem more animated.

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