Drove to Philly through the snow yesterday for a visit to the Rodin Museum and a Poe-related twilight tour at Laurel Hill Cemetery. It had just begun snowing when I left and the drive up was fun for watching the flakes swirl in paisley patterns across the roads, and for zooming along I-95 past Baltimore only to find that the city skyline had disappeared behind a wall of foggy clouds.
Danaid - The Source
How does this appear to you? As peaceful repose? Erotic abandon? She was originally intended to be part of Rodin's masterwork, The Gates of Hell, but ended up being sculpted life-size on her own. Seen whole, the tension in her pose becomes apparent and she takes on a much different meaning. Rodin named her The Martyr.
A few more images here.
Arrived at the tiny Rodin Museum with nary a flake in the overcast Philly sky, but after my half-hour wander-through found that flurries had begun. By the time I grabbed something to eat, the snow was again swirling and gathering on the roadways and getting to the cemetery was sketchy. So very worthwhile, though, as the Underground Museum (as Laurel Hill is called) is truly one of the most fantastic cemeteries I’ve been to. Built on the grounds of what were once three estates on the border of Philly, it’s a city unto itself, with boulevards lined by family plots and obelisks for skyscrapers. The Poe connections mentioned on the tour - graves of people he’d known and/or worked with during his short time in Philly - were really unnecessary. Seeing the place in the snow was reason enough to be there. The lights of downtown Philly reflected between the cloudy sky and the snowy ground to create a rosy-golden glow in the air that contrasted with the dark grey and white-shrouded monuments. Unfortunately, it was both too dark and too cold to attempt photos, so the best I can do to convey the beauty of the place is a handful of shots from past rainy-day visits.
The day began early and ended very late and, despite the snow-extended driving time, was full in a way that makes it feel long in a satisfying way. Which, unfortunately, will make today feel lethargic and brief in comparison. Always a trade-off...