Saturday, May 25, 2013

Musée du Louvre - Mercure et son ombre


Mercury 


This bronze of Mercury is seen in an arabesque pose, balanced it would appear, on the head of Zephyr.  He is poised on a gust of air coming from the mouth of this god of the east wind.


My search of the internet has not told me for certain the name of the sculptor... any help?  There is one by Giambologna, a Flemish artist, but that bronze is in Florence at the National Museum of the Bargello.


Mercury in this pose of flight is recognized often as the emblem of FTD Florist.



Musée du Louvre
75001, Paris

10 comments:

Randy said...

Beautiful shot with some nice light.

Alain said...

Assez curieusement ce "Mercure" ne figure pas dans le catalogue du Louvre. Il s'agit peut-être d'un prêt du musée Florentin.

French Girl in Seattle said...

Welcome back Genie. I hope you had a lovely trip in my homeland. I have never seen this statue of Mercure... Who knows who the artist was? Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Shell Sherree said...

Lovely, Genie ~ the light and shadow are beautiful.

Tamera said...

It's a lovely photo of him in his eternal pose.

Nadege said...

You are right though, Giambologna seems to be the sculptor. I love it!

Jeanie said...

You're home? Oh, Genie -- hope your time was fabulous. Glad you found the sculptor's name. I missed this at the Louvre!

TheChieftess said...

Nice shot!!!

Starman said...

I took a photo of this sculpture also but I'm pretty sure it wasn't at le Louvre.

Mary said...

This bronze is lovely. :) But i DO wish that the logo for FTD didn't look just like this. Drives me nuts when people use fabulous things as some corporate logo. And this has nothing to do with your post here, but it just popped into my mind... I saw a Burger King commercial... Burger King!! of all things where the music is Ravel's magnificent Bolero. Is nothing sacred these days?? Yeesh!!