my most beautiful masterpiece”
For those of us who garden and have survived the winter, the dirt beckons us. Although my home does not rival Monet's, I do have flowers and garden statues. I also have a few vintage pieces as well as some new ones in stock at the shop.
That brings me to today's show and tell...the garden statue. Historically, the ancient Egyptians had sculptures of their gods in the temples and temple gardens. The Romans and Greeks carried on the tradition for use in their gardens. The Venus de Medici is thought to be a marble copy of a 4th century bronze. (An early version of Victoria's Secret...but no secret here!)
The Renaissance in Italy fostered gardens and garden decoration. It is said that statues were rotated to represent the seasons and the statues of the mythological characters changed also as the ancient past was explored. Of course, once France and England discovered this trend (amazing how people were able to learn about things before social media!), the leaders began to create ornamental gardens.
King Charles II revived gardens during his reign in the mid 1600s.
While the famous usage of garden statues lives on, today these lawn ornaments are far more than simply a status symbol. In most cases they are not a position symbol, but simply a means of ornamenting a backyard or garden to offer it the design and feel the homeowner is attempting to reach.