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In His Splendor

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“A horse is a thing of beauty…none will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendor.”
(Xenophon – Greek historian, author of the Anabasis, BC 431-350)

This is a close-up of the horse which belongs to the statue composition of King George IV at Trafalgar Square in London (England).
This equestrian statue was made by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey (1782 –1841) who was an English sculptor of the Georgian era.
There is no PP work on this picture, it was shot with a simple back lighting.

Shining Among Women

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“Helen of the light robes, shining among women”
(Book 4 of the Odyssey by Homer – ancient Greek epic poet, ca. 8th century BC)

This is a detail of a marble by Antonio Canova (1757-1822) showing Helen of Troy at the Victoria and Albert Museum located in South Kensington in London.
In Greek mythology Helen, the daughter of the god Jupiter, was famed for her great beauty.
She married Menelaus, King of Sparta, but was abducted by the Trojan prince Paris.
So began the long war between the greeks and Trojans…

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