national gallery

Mercury

This was a lazy weekend where the weather cooled off and rain moved in.  We meandered around one of my all time favorite art museums, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.  It is a grand  building with pillars and domes and little gardens.  At its center is Mercury, the patron god of travelers, the winged messenger.

after Giovanni Bologna Flemish, active in Italy, 1529 – 1608, Mercury, c. 1780/c. 1850, bronze, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Andrew W. Mellon Collection 1937.1.131

 

 

 

And just for fun …..

These sculptures were created between 1672 and 1674 for a secluded grove on the grounds of Versailles called the Théâtre d’Eau