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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

On A Wing And A Prayer........




This statuary dates from the mid 1800"s and is located
 in the "old" section of Adelaide's West Terrace Cemetery

Tragic in one sense because of the broken arm and wing
but beautiful in another because of the attention to detail in the drapery
and the wonderful patina of muted colourings against the early morning sky.

 This is my contribution to Julie's new meme "Taphophile Tragics"
which I'm sure is going to have me prowling local
cemeteries with camera in tow
...............




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23 comments:

Julie said...

She truly is beautiful, Dianne. I agree about the drapery, and the effects of time and weather. I often see memorial statuary like this that has an arm missing. I think it might be a doff of the hat to Roman gods and the like. Meaning, a deliberately missing arm. Not sure about the wings, though.

Thank you so much for contributing to the 'Taphophile Tragics' meme. I value your post very much.

Sylvia K said...

A really lovely statue indeed and such an interesting history! Love the detail you've captured! Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year, Dianne!

Sylvia

VioletSky said...

What a shame about the arm. With so many one armed angels and such one wonders why they were not made with arms close to the body.

Pat said...

That is wonderful detail on the angel in the cemetery. Nice composition in each photo!

Joan Elizabeth said...

She looks beautiful against the blue sky. and the patina is just right.

diane b said...

She is beautiful and I like the curl of her fingers holding the drapery.
Blimey you guys use big words. I had to check out the meaning of patina so I have learnt another word today through blogging.
I'll try to add to Julie's meme.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I think she's a wonderful testimonial to her creator and to her era..Arm or no arm she is truly gorgeous, you've captured her beautifully Dianne.

freefalling said...

She IS very lovely - especially the flower at her waist.
She appears to have had a tracheotomy.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

A delicate, somber guardian for this spot.

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Yes, a bit sad due to the damage, but a lovely historical reminder!

Leon and Sue Sims said...

No more damage that what happened during the French Revolution.

Peter said...

Still beautiful, even sans arms. Just think Venus de Milo.

eileeninmd said...

It is a lovely statue, I wonder how the arm and wing broke? beautiful photos, thanks for sharing. Happy New Years!

Julie said...

Had to laugh at Letty's comment; tracheotomy indeed! So, what is that dark patch, Dianne? Is it a hole or a patch of mould?

Dianne said...

Julie:- Letty obviously has a sense of humour - it was a dark patch almost like a stain but not mould!!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Somehow the statue reminds me less of classical times and more of the Renaissance period when there was a classical revival with a few extras! Many wings appeared then on statues! The detailed fall of the drapery is amazing!

biebkriebels said...

It is a beautiful statue, I read about the theme, must admit that I have visited many cemetaries in my life and photographed them. I will have a look.

Reader Wil said...

I saw that somebody else mentioned the Venus of Milo, famous probably because of the missing arm. And perfect because of its imperfection!
Thanks for sharing!

Arija said...

A very beautiful angel with such a sad, yet serene, expression.

I really must join the "Taphophile Tragics" meme as I have stacks of cemetery shots. Trouble is, they are on my other computer that is slower than a snail.

Happy haunting!

Dianne said...

Thank you everyone for visiting and leaving your encouraging comments - I look forward to seeing your pics next week on "Taphophile Tragics"

NixBlog said...

Beautiful captures.

Jack said...

It looks like this new cemetery meme is off to a fast start. I like your photo today.

Joe said...

Really great photos. I have been meaning to make a trip to Melbourne Cemetery. Hopefully I will make it in 2012.

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