Karen F Rose My Painting Journey

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Louvre Museum's Seated Scribe- Making That List and Checking It Twice.

Seated Scribe
Louvre Museum,  Paris

Writing, writing. writing. Tis the season for writing holiday and Christmas cards, writing year end to do lists and making those all important other "lists" and checking them twice.

Last night seated with my legs crossed, writing and writing, I thought about the figure of the Seated Scribe, in the Louvre museum in Paris. He is a masterpiece of Egyptian art.

I remembered the first time I saw him. wondering then, as I do now, "What was he writing?"

Quite a striking figure, he is rendered geometric, yet with very realistic touches. That day years ago, his fixed gaze starred right through me. He looked beyond me with his 4000 year old eyes to the courtyard of the Louvre, out to the streets of Paris and beyond.

But, last night with a chuckle, I thought of him with his fingers wrapped not around his scroll and quill pen, but with an I Pad in his lap instead.

My how our instruments of writing have changed over the years from papyrus, to 
I Pad.
What's on your list of to do's before the year end? Do you use lists to make yourself more accountable to achieve your goals?  If so, good luck with that!

If you are interested, there is a closer look at the Seated Scribe in an interactive view on the Louvre's web site Seated Scribe
Oh, by the way, unless you practice yoga, I wouldn't advise sitting with your legs crossed, guaranteed to put your left leg to sleep!


Nanci Hersh said...

I love that you posted this sculpture for a couple of reasons...I love yoga (!) and last year for my birthday my husband promised me a trip to Paris. Not on the calendar yet but on my TO DO list for the New Year!
and I am a big list maker... sometimes on a computer but for that I love pen and paper.

Happy New Year my friend and thanks for sharing

Karen F. Rose said...

Hoping you will be checking off those completed 2011 "to do items"... while taking in the scenery at an outdoor Paris cafe!

Nanci Hersh said...

You and me both Girlfriend!
What is at the top of your goals/ to do lists this year?