Today I went to Lazienki Park (Royal Baths) in Warsaw to make some winter shots. I missed the winter and complained that there was no snow, now we have too much :). I go to Lazienki quite often and then I post photos, difficult to find something new. Maybe you will find this funny.
From Wikipedia about the sculpture: The Dying Gaul (in Italian: Galata Morente) is an ancient Roman marble copy of a lost Hellenistic sculpture thought to have been executed in bronze. It may have been commissioned some time between 230 and 220 BC by Attalus I of Pergamon to celebrate his victory over the Galatians (Gauls of Anatolia).The statue depicts a wounded, slumping Celt with remarkable realism and pathos, particularly as regards the face, and may have originally been painted. A bleeding sword puncture is visible in his lower right chest. The figure is represented as a Celtic warrior with characteristic hairstyle and moustache and is nude save for a neck torc. He lies on his fallen shield while his sword, belt, and a curved trumpet lie beside him. The sword hilt bears a lion head.The Roman historian Livy recorded that the Celts of Asia Minor fought naked and their wounds were plain to see on the whiteness of their bodies. The Greek historian Dionysius of Halicarnassus regarded this as a foolish tactic: "Our enemies fight naked. What injury could their long hair, their fierce looks, their clashing arms do us? These are mere symbols of barbarian boastfulness. Copies of the famous statue (itself a copy) can be seen in the Museum of Classical Archaeology at Cambridge University, Leinster House in Dublin Ireland, as well as in Berlin, Prague, Stockholm, Versailles, Warsaw (Royal Baths Park). In the United States, copies are at the Washington State Historical Society in Tacoma, Washington, at the Redwood Library, Newport, Rhode Island, and at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. The Royal Academy in London had one such copy, now at the Courtauld Gallery in London.
Two other photo from the park in Workshops. For Iain who was interested in views of snow in Warsaw.
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SnapRJW (31427) 2014-01-31 12:14
Hi Malgo - We are down in Swakopmund for a few days and here it is warm and sunny, quite different to the scene here. The poor naked Gaul looks very dejected and cold in his blanket of snow! I find the almost monochromatic image captures the mood of winter cold really well. The combination of snow and funerary sculptures and memorials is evocative and together with the stark, leafless trees doubly so. Warm regards Rosemary
gus72 (3719) 2014-01-31 12:40
Hi Malgo !!
if there is snow ...... I love the image ...... thast is the way I react..........
Interesting composition and soft colours........ very nice.
We were away for 3 weeks and 3453 Km..... distances in this country are Astronomical !!
r_bodenschatz (171) 2014-01-31 13:22
Looks not like dying, more like coming out of an egg.
carlo62 (33759) 2014-01-31 15:34
non si è mai contenti del tempo, per fortuna non possiamo scegliere....
Bella composizione,mi piace come hai messo le due statue a confronto.
Bella nota e bel lavoro, interessanti anche le foto del ws.
jjcordier (76850) 2014-01-31 22:51
Le manteau blanc qui recouvre Varsovie t'a donné l'occasion de réussir une jolie photo.
fabbs99 (16467) 2014-01-31 22:53
I love snow and its all over this place.The sculptures must be shivering in the sub-zero conditions.Keep sharing images and ideas.TFS.
kasianowak (6815) 2014-02-01 0:07
Bardzo fajny tytul zdjecia! Ta kamienna rzezba rzeczywiscie wyglada jakby byla przygnieciona warstwa sniegu. :)
Zazdroszcze sniegu i nawet tego zimna. W Anglii codzien deszcz...
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-02-01 0:22
Hi Malgo, This poor Celt warrior, all the thing's he had put up in war, and now the snow has encased him. He looks so sad, ahhh.
Like your humour, and all those ducks trying to find a bit of water to swim in, and your gorgeous Palace in all it's glory.
Thanks for these winter scene's, love all your country's architecture will have to visit one day but first the rest of the world, we intend to travel Europe with a camper van in a few years time.
marabu61 (8583) 2014-02-01 6:36
Don't complain about having to much snow now, you wanted it. We here in central Europe still wait for winter to begin. Until now it has been much to warm for the season and for me as a winter person this is annoying.
Pleasant, almost monochromatic winter scene. The statue seems really to crumble under the snow here.
have a great weekend
Noel_Byrne (24846) 2014-02-01 7:03
We have yet to see snow, but reading your note I should be careful what I wish for! This scene looks so beautiful under these weather conditions, the statues looks as if it rising from the snow, lifting up that which has fallen on its back, while beyond, the other statue looks on, fascinated by the scene. Classically beautiful scene, I love the Corinthian columns and the lovely sense of deep winter
Thanks as always
siudzi (33925) 2014-02-01 10:49
Bardzo nastrojowa prezezentacja. Podoba mi się lekko ciepła tonacja zimowej sceny oraz jej kompozycja. Rzeczywiście Łazienki maja na TE duza galerie zdjęć, jednak Tobie udało się dodać ich nowe ujęcie! Brawo!
- Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) (79807)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-01-31
- Categories: Castles, Humorous, Artwork
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-31 12:00