Dramatic Views At The Museum

One of the advantages of having more gallery space available in the Saint Louis Art Museum’s historic 1904 original building is the ability to use multi-directional lighting to dramatically illuminate the sculpture pieces.

Reclining PanThis Reclining Pan was carved in the early 16th century from a reused marble fragment that had been part of a larger relief work from the Roman Imperial period. Some of the details from the earlier artist’s work can be seen on the back of the sculpture. (Which I forgot to photograph.)

Sculpture 1This early writer has to be a saint or evangelist. I forgot to read the descriptive copy block. But I’ll bet you anything the crudely carved animal at his feet has to be a devil or demon.

Caged Balls


This new sculpture piece always gives me pause whenever I walk into the museum. I call it Busted Balls, but one of these times I going to have to stop and read the story behind it.

And I don’t know why, but this display of Persian and Ottoman artifacts always brings out the adventuresome little boy in me.DSC08006




About Robert Edler

... a somewhat unknown and/or imaginary actor, writer, director, producer, photographer, friend, brother, uncle and all round good fellow that you really should get to know because he lives with that most glamorous fourpaw Mademoiselle Renee. (Mlle. Renee for short)

Posted on October 27, 2013, in JUST ART, PHOTO COMMENTARIES and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I look forward to reading the true story of “Busted Balls.”

    Also, I know I acknowledged your gift of the bottle caps, but if I failed to mention it, thank you also for the art museum catalog. I really am visiting St. Louis someday!

    • Saint Louis is lucky to have a lot of local corporations who supply the money for things like that. The number of visitors to the museum has skyrocketed since the new building opened this summer. And people were amazed that the book was a free handout. Visitors from out of town are also amazed to discover that all the musuems and the zoo in the park are all free. We’re a very visitor friendly city.

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