Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 145; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 111 (additional published references).
ACCESSION NUMBER 95.67, Museum of Fine Art, Boston
From the Museum of Fine Art: ”An under life size nude; the wings in his hair, now broken off, indicate he is Mercury (Hermes), the messenger of the gods and conductor of souls to the Underworld. This work is a fleshier, Roman interpretation of the style of the Greek sculptor Polykleitos.
It has been recently suggested that the Hermes/Mercury stood in the facade of the amphitheater of Capua, placed there during a renovation probably dating to the reign of Antoninus Pius.
A hard, calcareous deposit partly covers the front of the body; this has been removed from the face, neck, and parts of the chest by means of acid, corroding and discoloring portions of the surface. Scientific Analysis: Harvard Lab No. HI357: Isotope ratios - delta13C +4.92 / delta18O -3.37, Attribution - Paros 1.”
Artist statement via The Griffin Museum: ” … David Prifti once wrote that is was his desire to explore his life through the things that shaped his life. These formative elements were his relationships, his memories, his sense of family, rites of passage, aging and death. The creative process that led to all of his photographs was indirectly a very personal journey for him.” Read more from the Griffin Museum about his work and life HERE. Images from Huffington Post and Iconology
Beats in NYC (1959) - Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac & Friends (via: youtube | oddballfilmvideo)
Silent 16mm film of Beat writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, as well as Lucien Carr and his wife Francesca and their three sons, Simon, Caleb and Ethan, and Mary Frank and her children Pablo and Andrea. Shot in the East Village neighborhood of New York in the summer of 1959 at the Harmony Bar & Restaurant at E 9th Street and 3rd Avenue