The statue of Zeus in the gardens at Schwetzingen wears a crown of leaves and is looking sideways and slightly downwards with a powerful gaze; it is a remarkably emotive statue, offering the possibility for many different interpretations of mood and purpose- even varying depending upon the angle at which it is viewed. He seems to be about to pass judgment or wreak havoc upon a mortal or fellow god who has angered him. Yet his mien also describes a pensive, thoughtful tone; perhaps he is thinking about how to fool Agamemnon into attacking the Trojans early: “While gods and mortals slept, Zeus considered how he could best bring honor to Achilles and kill many of the Greeks” (). If the sculptor meant to instill this statue simultaneously with mu...
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...ure’s whims, knowledge and power- all these things are godly and mortal simultaneously, and to attempt to disentangle them from ourselves and our ideals, from the gods we worshipped thousands of years ago or the gods we worship today, is unlikely and unwise- our human values remain the same at the deepest, basest level, and our continued enjoyment of such artifacts as represented by the Baroque gardens at Schwetzingen is all the proof anyone with any sense should need…
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Schwetzingen palace. (2013). Staatliche Schlosser und Garten Baden-Wurttemburg. http://www.schloss-schwetzingen.de/en.
The palace gardens of schwetzingen. (2013). Heidelberg-photo. http://www.heidelberg-photo.com/English/Schwetzingen-Palace-garden.html
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