New York, NY
Photograph - Printing On Matt / Glossy
There will be no "fine art america" Watermark on the actual prints of my work. They only appear in the online display of pictures to prevent art theft.
The Imperia is a statue at the entrance of the harbour of Konstanz, Germany, commemorating the Council of Constance that took place there between 1414 and 1418. The concrete statue is 10 meters high, weighs 18 tonnes, and stands on a pedestal that rotates around its axis once every three minutes. It was created by Peter Lenk and erected in 1993.
The Imperia shows a woman holding two men on her hands, symbolizing the power of women over men. The two men represent Pope Martin V and Emperor Sigismund. Martin V was elected during the Council while Sigismund was the king who called the council. Both are naked except for the symbols of their power. The statue refers to a short story by Balzac, "La belle Imp�ria". The story is a harsh satire of the Catholic clergys' morals, where Imperia seduces cardinals and princes at the Council of Constance and has power over them all. The historical Imperia was a well-educated Italian courtesan named Lucrezia de Paris who was born 1485 in Ferrara, well after the council, and never visited Konstanz. (Source: Wikipedia)
June 5th, 2012
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