4 July 2013

Thorn Puller

The 'Thorn Puller' or 'Spinario' is an interesting classical statue- no one knows, for sure, what the meaning is- so it is thought to simply be... just a country bumpkin pulling a thorn out of his foot! Makes a change from all that heroic stuff. I spotted the roman-era marble version in the Uffizi, Florence.
Here a riddle that goes with the statue:

I walked for miles to get it.
I stopped walking to find it.
When I found it, I threw it away.
What am I?


He turned up again. This bronze version is older; Hellenistic. Musei Capitolini, Rome. Note shiny toe.

This little version is 1500's, in the V&A Museum, and is by Severo da Ravenna. I guess he was free wheeling the copy, because its the other foot this time....
Grand Tourists could get a little souvenir version- I didn't see any though.

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