Homework Question on Mercury by Giambologna
- Write about the Mercury Giambologna. I went to the Timken Museum
- Then write about the Mercury
Homework Answer on Mercury by Giambologna
On 28th July 2015 at 10.30 a.m, I visited the Timken Museum located at Balboa Park in San Diego, California. The museum is small but well equipped with many sculptures. I had a great moment walking around the museum viewing a collection of arts and sculptures by various artists. However, Giambologna’s Mercury sculpture caught my attention with its majestic and god-like representation of the mythical messenger of Roman gods of a gone era.
The sculpture is almost six feet tall and is a representation of Mercury, who was the messenger of the ancient Roman gods. Greek mythology holds that he was indeed Hermes, a god and son of Zeus. Mercury was highly regarded by the Rome as he was also regarded as the patron of learning, diplomacy and the arts among others. It is also believed that Mercury invented the syrinx and the lyre. These are musical elements symbolic of the ancient Rome history.
Mercury carries a wand known as a caduceus on his hand. The wand was used as a symbol of peace among the ancient Greek society. The wand is said to promote peace due to the belief that once Mercury extended it between fighting snakes and the creatures mysteriously stopped fighting and twined around the wand.Mercury is further depicted with a traveler’s hat, wings on his staff and sandals. It is sculptured in a way that it is depicted as being elevated by air blown from beneath his feet by a cherub.