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photoblog image Calouste Gulbenkian

Calouste Gulbenkian

 

Statue in the grounds of the Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon.  I've looked for an explanation of the falcon, but failed to find anything.  It may be that the falcon: 'symbolizes the Christian convert pursuing his lofty thoughts, hopes, and aspirations with courage' or, perhaps, given CG's interest in ancient Egyptian art, the 'ancient view of raptors as intermediaries between the divine and eternal heavens and the mortal earth' (http://symbolism.wikia.com/wiki/Falcon)  Update: another site tells us: 'The sculpture was made by Antonio Leopoldo de Almeida in 1969 after a picture of Gulbenkian seated by the God Horus in the Egyptian Pantheon' - so it is the Egypt connection.

(http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMD3H2_Horus_Lisboa_Portugal)

 

Calouste Gulbenkian

 

Statue in the grounds of the Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon.  I've looked for an explanation of the falcon, but failed to find anything.  It may be that the falcon: 'symbolizes the Christian convert pursuing his lofty thoughts, hopes, and aspirations with courage' or, perhaps, given CG's interest in ancient Egyptian art, the 'ancient view of raptors as intermediaries between the divine and eternal heavens and the mortal earth' (http://symbolism.wikia.com/wiki/Falcon)  Update: another site tells us: 'The sculpture was made by Antonio Leopoldo de Almeida in 1969 after a picture of Gulbenkian seated by the God Horus in the Egyptian Pantheon' - so it is the Egypt connection.

(http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMD3H2_Horus_Lisboa_Portugal)

 

comments (11)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Dec 2016, 00:22
How fabulous this is!
Tom Wilson: I agree, Ray - a wonderful statue.
Well that's something, isn't it!
Tom Wilson: It is indeed!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 6 Dec 2016, 06:02
Watchful, protective, sinister?
Tom Wilson: I suspect that it reflects the Christian symbolism of the falcon: 'symbolizes the Christian convert pursuing his lofty thoughts, hopes, and aspirations with courage.' or, perhaps, the 'ancient view of raptors as intermediaries between the divine and eternal heavens and the mortal earth' Update: another site tells us: 'The sculpture was made by Antonio Leopoldo de Almeida in 1969 after a picture of Gulbenkian seated by the God Horus in the Egyptian Pantheon' - so it is the Egypt connection.
Magnifique statue. L'aigle domine l'homme.
Tom Wilson: Oui, magnifique! Merc, Martine.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Dec 2016, 06:42
A great man. Looks like he's been feeding his pet bird too much seed..
Tom Wilson: A good job that it is tame!
That looks very strange with that huge bird Tom.
Tom Wilson: I rather like the juxtaposition.
Nothing to exciting.
Tom Wilson: No?
that will stop the pigeons from their 'dive bombing', Tom!
Tom Wilson: There certainly doesn't seem to be any sign of them, Ayush! smile
A most unusual sculpture isn't it.
Tom Wilson: It certainly is - he was an unusual man!
I don't think I would feel comfortable with a bird that size looming over me
Tom Wilson: I'd be happy as long as it was in stone, Bill smile
Looks like you can invest it with your own meaning...

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