The Artist’s Eye


Mario Marini   “The Miracle”

marinidet  face  the miracle


About forty years ago I took a course at Johns Hopkins University called “Images of Man in Modern Sculpture.”  Apologies for the lack of inclusive language, but that was 1976!   My teacher was Phoebe Stanton,the art critic for the Baltimore Sun. Our textbook was the Hirschhorn Museum in DC, as well as the Baltimore Museum of Art.

I believe it was at the Baltimore Museum of Art that I encountered the sculpture pictured above.

When I say encounter, I mean it.  I stood before it, transfixed, almost as transfixed as the human figure on the horse.

When I saw this prompt, this sculpture came to mind.

Its title is “The Miracle.”  What are they seeing, the man and the horse?

Or did the miracle happen inside me as I stood before it?

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