Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Looking Up
Praxiteles and the Goose Girl

Praxiteles and Sopas
having a lofty encounter
on the parapet of the back façade
of the Museum of Art History

Goose Girl Fountain by Anton Paul Wagner
Rahlstiege at Mariahilfer Strasse
5th District

I get the impression
that this goose would rather be elsewhere
than spouting water since 1866

Photographed 11 April 2013
Images and Text © by Merisi

-> Praxiteles, Greek Sculptor: "... one of the first sculptors to create nude women that looked like nude women - his chief contribution to Western Art. None of his original sculptures survive, save for (the disputed) Hermes, but the Romans were such fans of his work that we've got lots of their copies." Sort of cheery, isn't it? You gotta love those Romans! ;-)

-> The Goose Girl by the Brothers Grimm (Die Gänsemagd)


  1. I've often thought how pleasant the life of a goose girl might be -- wandering through green pastures and by babbling brooks. And then, of course, the prince would come along. . .

    1. One day my prince will come ... and eat all my geese .... ;-)

  2. I suspect you're right about Sir Goose! I think he just might be ready to retire and find a new location!! Great captures, however, a lovely fountain! Hope your week is going well, Merisi!

    1. The Goose Girl always stops me in my track. I approach her with care, though, I would not want to get the ganders - there are two of them - even more upset. ;-)

  3. I can see that the sky is blue so the sun must be shining in Vienna!

    1. Blue skies, and abundantly so! :-)

  4. Spring has sprung! Yahoo
    Yes the Greeks use male models for everything...until Prax

    1. We are expecting an outright heatwave tomorrow (so warm one could do it in Praxiteles-Style). ;-)

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  6. The name to identify the statue, the goose girl, for some reason amuses me.

  7. ah,the history lessons I learn from are amazing my friend!!

  8. Yeah, that goose looks a little angry to me!


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