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Italian Faces provide Victorian Vibe

The artistic representations of the Victorian era once again come alive with a modern twist.   This Victorian statue of a small child located in a garden that is more than 100 years old. Ravaged by time, the face has lost the finer details and shiny aspect of a newly carved piece.

These statues are actually of Italian influence.  A little known tidbit of information about the Victorian age was the amorous desire for the use of Italian styled statues in Victorian gardens.

Yet, it is exciting how time and the elements continually changed this statue showcasing that spooky Victorian artistic flair. The varying degrees of shadow and moss ridden highlights of age take us on a haunting journey into a forgotten time when fine ladies and gentlemen walked the rose gardens dressed in Victorian splendor admiring the design of both the natural and carved manmade beauty.

Italian face 6
Italian face 6

But like the Victorian age, the elegant surface silently hid a dreadful undertone.  A dark whisper of haunted elegance and decay.  It was the time of the poets, and the birth of the modern mystery stories.  We have inherited classics set in this dark and foreboding period such as Dracula, Sherlock Holmes and Frankenstein.

Strangely though, like some forgotten dream perhaps, the spine tingling sensation of the garden statues has changed.  Truly, these statues looked elegant in and clear-cut in their day.  The lines were crisp and the details soft and calming.  The faces like this statue presented today once displayed the fancies of the upper class.

Today though, after more than a century in the heat and humidity, these faces bear a different vibe.  The lines of the statue are now smoothed by weather and moss.  These once proud forms are slowly decaying  back into the lifeless and formless rocks whence they came.

This wonder of a  bygone era, reawakened with the artistic application of photographic principles and technical wizardry,  a showcase of elegance only modern art photography can bring to your walls.

 

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