Hermaphrodite nude

28-Apr-2017 14:37

The image of Leonardo Di Caprio draped by a swan shot by Annie Liebovitz came to mind, or the equally angelic images of a young Brad Pitt (with ripped grunge jeans and coral lips).What western image making has valorised for thousands of years is the other-wordliness of the boy on the cusp of manhood.All females and males represented in equal standing (24) to populate the planet to progress through their lineage.However, in the melding and physical personification of these ETHEREAL Gods/Goddesses through the process known as PHOTOMORPHOSIS, they took on the Neuter Gender- dual souled forms of Her-maphrodites/He-maphrodites…Doug Sibor contributes to Complex Sports and Pop Culture, resides in Boston MA, and can often be found shuttling between Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium and TD Garden. For better or for worse, this is how she’s always been.

Cecilia Powell has identified the subject of these two studies as the Sleeping Hermaphrodite, a classical sculpture which Turner saw in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.1 The artist has made two variant views of the back of the statue, a Roman copy of an original Greek bronze.

One sculpture particularly struck me as interesting in defining beauty in the show, Sleeping Hermaphroditus.