Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Straus Memorial: OMOM Essay 46

"About the Sculpture" is an exercise in working out the identity of a sculpture when it's not immediately obvious. I also make the point that learning to look systematically at a sculpture allows you to spend far more time than you might have expected with art that appeals to you. For more on that, see my article "Getting More Enjoyment from Art You Love," The Objective Standard 1:2 (Summer 2006).

"About the Subject" in Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan is on Isidor and Ida Straus. Rather than dwelling on their deaths on the Titanic in 1912, I focused on Straus as an early co-owner of Macy's department store.

For February 2007, the Forgotten Delights calendar has a close-up of the Straus Memorial along with Robbie Burns's charming poem "O My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose."

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