Alphabet Challenge: M – Mythical Monsters
2018 alphabet challenge
M – Mythical Monsters
Two pairs of sculptures are represented, one of centaurs and one of sphinxes. The centaurs are along the southern edge of the area associated with the Cranbrook Museum of Art, near Lone Pine Road and the Nichols Gate. The sphinxes are at the foot of stairs that lead down from Cranbrook House to one of its landscaped terraces.
From an online pdf file about outdoor sculptures at the Cranbrook Academy of Art https://cranbrookart.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/CAA-sculpture-guide.pdf
Centaurs are creatures of Greek mythology. Often, they are portrayed as untamed,
wild beasts, but in other myths, centaurs can be wise, honorable teachers. These
examples, purchased in 1927 by Cranbrook founder George Booth, are contemporary
bronze reproductions of Roman marble statues from the villa Hadrian, now in
the Capitoline Museum, Rome, created by Artisteas and Papias (known for copying
My notes: One sculpture is of an old centaur, and the other is of a young centaur
From the website for Cranbrook House https://cranbrookhouseandgardens.oncell.com/en/sculptures-fountains-tour-sphinxes-85872.html)
The pair of lead sphinxes are copies from Greek sculptures and were purchased by Henry Scripps Booth in 1963 in England. In Greek mythology, the Sphinx is a monster with the body of a lion, the wings of an eagle and the head and upper torso of a human female.
The individual photos and the montage itself (created in August 2018) are copyrighted by Elizabeth Jean Jacob, with all rights reserved.
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