Vita brevis, ars longa

It is hard to believe that the original possessor of this flat stomach and bulging upper body has been dead for more than two thousand years.  Golden lads and girls all must, as chimney-sweepers, come to dust.

This is my version of a Hellenistic bronze of a man (no, really), dating from mid 2nd-1st century BCE, currently on display at the Met.  I understand it is on loan from Shelby White.  Maybe she couldn’t fit it in her lounge-room,  but I doubt it.  Whatever, the loan is a startling act of generosity.

Ars longa, vita brevis


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