This is a North West Chapter Restoration
This feminine ﬁgure majestically walks with her left leg in front and the right one ﬂexed and back. A light Chiton falls to the woman’s ankles and adheres to her breasts and legs, contouring her curves. Meanwhile, a mantel is wrapped around the central part of her body. Originally, it was supposed to appear lifted above her head, blown by the wind. The statue represents the embodiment of sea breeze -a subject that was frequently used in ancient Greece to decorate temples, especially on the acroterion statues, which usually adorned the top of the pediments. It is assumed that it is precisely an acroterion ﬁgure which was held as a role model for our statue, along with other Roman replicas -of which the majority were made in Pentelic marble and can be dated back to the 1st century AD. However, the original prototype can be found in Greece and is most likely done by the hands of an Attic sculptor who, inﬂuenced by Fidia, operated in the ﬁnal decades of the 5th century BC. With regards to the sculptures which adorned the pediments of the Parthenon, the famous sculptor from Athens experimented innovative plastic solutions in order to render the movements of the draperies and the lightness of the clothing into the marble. The fabric wraps around the female curves and enhances them, almost as if it were wet. For the ﬁrst time in the history of ancient art, the female curves are shown with their realistic nature. The statue of Aura, even though it is a Roman replica of later centuries, witnesses the grand artistic and cultural period that occurred in Athens in the 5th century BC; right after the victory against the Persians, and especially during the governing of Pericles.
Restoration Process Includes:
- Scientific analysis and check of the inside structure of the statue
- Overall cleaning
- Removal of old restorations
- Replacing of iron nails with stainless-steel and carbon fiber elements where needed
- Photographic documentation of the state of preservation
Dedicated to Thomas S. James, Jr.
This project will be dedicated to our former Co-Chair and founder of the Northwest Patrons Chapter, Thomas S. James, Jr. Sfera has long been one of his favorite pieces, and he was extremely excited to have the opportunity to restore it for future generations. Tom was in a fatal automobile accident in January 2016. To donate online click here or send a check to Northwest Patrons at 15440 Bel Red Rd, Redmond, WA 98052.
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