The most beautiful sculpture in the Museo Correr, Venice, is a sculpture of Icarus and Daedulus by the Venetian sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822).
Canova renders, possibly, the most beautiful flesh in marble.
His sculptures, like Henry Moore's, beckon to be caressed.
In the sculptural composition of Icarus and Daedulus, Canova captures the expressions on Icarus' and Daedulus' faces, as Daedulus finishes sewing the wings onto Icarus' arms, in preparation for their joint flight to freedom which will end in wet tragedy for them both.
Daedulus' tragic face will long be wet with tears.
Daedulus will grieve Icarus, his son, who will not heed the warnings and will fly too close to the sun, melting the wax that keeps his feathers in place.
Icarus, tragically, will plummet from the sky to his watery death in the sea.
In the sculpture, Canova catches the fear and the foreknowledge of doom and despair in Daedulus' eyes.
Simultaneously, Canova catches the rebellious impudence of youth in Icarus' face, too.
Yes, yes, yes father.
"Remember, don't fly too high."
Yes, yes, yes father.
Yes, yes, yes father.
Daedulus, the master builder who crafted the Labyrinth holding the Minotaur, knows he cannot live in exile on the isle of Crete.
Daedulus must escape, and he must bring his son.
The tragedy is that, as a father, Daedulus well knows his son's weaknesses and failings.
Daedulus knows that his son's impetuousness foreordains his son's death.
Yet Daedulus continues building the wings and attaching them, hoping against his inner knowledge. What else can he do?
The heavy stone in his gut, the catch in his throat, and the swallowed, invisible fear are all visible in light lines around Daedulus' eyes and face.
If this sculpture does not move you, then I wonder what injustice forced on man would move you.
Your humble scribe has no image for this sculpture; it is impermissible to take them in the Museum Correr.
That said, if you do a google image search with this post's title you will find images taken surreptitiously; but none of them do Canova's brilliance justice.
They are too pale or too shadowed or too stark. I suppose they might be considered better than nothing if you do not have an historical art book handy.
But, those images I have pointed the way towards are just not adequate, as is, and they are not mine to fix.
The only thing that is mine to fix is the world I live in.
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No Money No Honey All We Got Is Us (The Underscore Orkestra (Jorge, Violin, Vocals, Harmonica, Piccolo / Willo, Accordian, Vocals / Cody, Guitar, Banjo / Scott, Guitar / Cliff, Bass /Peter, Percussion / Susanna, Violin / Andrew, Clarinet))
Pee Wee's Big Adventure (Danny Elfman)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Edward Scissorhands (Danny Elfman)
Oyo (Angélique Kidjo (Angelique Kidjo))
They la Soul (Mash Hall [Formerly known as They Live!])
Glitter and Doom [Live] (Tom Waits)
Seconds of Pleasure (Rockpile)
Going Back Home (Dr. Feelgood)
Journey - Podróż : works for solo guitar from Spain to Poland (Grzegorz Krawiec, Guitar)
Yuruyorum Dus Bahceleri'nde [Yürüyorum Düş Bahçelerinde] [Walking in the dreamgarden] (Sezen Aksu)
Master of the Hawaiian Guitar, Volume Two (Sol Hoopii)
Master of the Hawaiian Guitar, Volume One (Sol Hoopii)
Enemy of the State: A Love Story (Lupe Fiasco)
Books in 2010
The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates (Edited by Ralph Ketcham)
The Federalist Papers: Hamilton, Madison, Jay (Notes by Charles Kessler, Edited by Clinton Rossiter)
The careful use of compliments (Alexander McCall Smith)
A vaguely impertinent, marginally literate, highly egocentric scribe (your Humble Scribe, Chris) with only a wife (your Heroine, Regina) and a cat (your Hero, Pommes)to keep him from careening pell-mell onto a social version of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum.