In Greek mythology the satyr Marsyas (Μαρσύας) was tied to a pole and flayed alive by the god Apollo after challenging the god to a musical contest. Marsyas was admired for his intelligence (sunesis) and self-control (sophrosune), not qualities found by Greeks in ordinary satyrs. Among the Romans, Marsyas was cast as the inventor of augury and a proponent of free speech (the philosophical concept παρρησία, “parrhesia“) and “speaking truth to power.” The earliest known representation of Marsyas at Rome stood for at least 300 years in the Roman Forum near or in the comitium, the space for political activity. The statue was regarded as an indicium libertatis, a symbol of liberty, and was associated with demonstrations of the plebs, or common people. It often served as a sort of kiosk upon which invective verse was posted.
Enjoy this rare and unique piece of Greco-Roman history cast in Silver. This perfect replica of the Capitoline Marsyas is not only a conversation starter on history, but a reminder on ancient principles that have steered Western Civilization towards valuing freedom of speech and liberty.
In 2013 (MMXIII) The Junius Maltby began as a small and humble Youtube channel, touting the ideas of saving money in precious metals, being debt free, while challenging the status quo, speaking truth to power, and questioning the economic authorities. From day one, the face of Marsyas was the representation of the Junius Maltby Channel. The image that was present for the first 4 years of the channels life was of the face of Marsyas from the Roman statue held in the Capitoline Museum of Rome (taken by Junius Maltby).
The concepts of challenging authority, speaking truth to power, free speech, Liberty, and representing the pleb or common people are themes that are central to the ideals which permeate the Junius Maltby channel. To have this ancient symbol cast in the precious metal silver, a metal that was also dear to Rome and the Roman economy creates a statue that is both a physical and intrinsic symbol of these attributes. Challenging the gods (authorities) can also result in personal discomfort, torture and even death.
3D Master Sculptor Cosmin Morar
Cosmin Morar is not merely a sculptor, nor is he simply a CG and 3D character artist. He is an undisputed master of the craft, expecting nothing but excellence. Morar holds a Masters Degree in Sculpture from the University of Unate Bucharest, where he currently resides.
DAVID SLAYS GOLIATH: As the Philistine Goliath moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground - 1 Samuel 17:48. Bernini’s sculpture perfectly captures this historic moment in time without missing a single moment.
FROM MARBLE TO SILVER SNAPSHOT: The original life size sculpture was completed in a mere 7 months and is still seen today in the Galleria Borghese. Here we see David, seconds away from throwing his stone. This was a trailblazing sculpture, completely interacting with its environment. It introduced a new standard in capturing movement and emotional intensity – a true snapshot. And nothing has been lost in our translation from marble to silver.
3D Master Sculptor Cosmin Morar
Cosmin Morar is not merely a sculptor, nor is he simply a CG and 3D character artist. He is an undisputed master of the craft, expecting nothing but excellence. Morar holds a Masters Degree in Sculpture from the University of Unate Bucharest, where he currently resides. He is highly selective in his projects, and we are fortunate to have him create such a perfect replica of Bernini’s work.
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Hiding among the ancient beauty of Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi you’ll find Bernini’s Lion. After being denied a chance to design the fountain by Pope Innocent X, Bernini planted a model to be seen only by the Pope. On seeing the model, the Pope was captivated, and hired Bernini for the fountain, and of course, the striking Lion hidden within.
“Sculpture Is The Art Of Intelligence” – Pablo Picasso
Nothing could be closer to the truth, than the sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598 – 1680). No other artist in history was more involved in the appearance of Rome, as we see it today. Bernini was respected and favored by many Popes during the 17th Century.
To capture Bernini’s eye for texture, and Cosmin's impeccable replication, we’ve selected artisan craftsmen, with a long lineage in the art and trade of creating museum quality pieces. Your silver lion sculpture has been cast in .925 solid silver. He comes complete with certificate of authentication, and stamped with a unique serial number
With only 1000 available worldwide, you simply won’t find another replica of Bernini’s Lion so intricately crafted in solid silver.
3D Master Sculptor Cosmin Morar
Cosmin Morar is not merely a sculptor, nor is he simply a CG and 3D character artist. He is an undisputed master of the craft, expecting nothing but excellence. Morar holds a Masters Degree in Sculpture from the University of Unate Bucharest, where he currently resides. He is highly selective in his projects, and we are fortunate to have him create such a perfect replica of Bernini’s work.View full product details
Carved from the gilded pages of scripture and undoubtedly one of the greatest works of all time, Michelangelo’s Moses is now yours to own in this limited edition .925 solid silver replica.
MICHELANGELO’S MOSES SCULPTED FROM EXODUS 32:1 – 34:29
In 1505 Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo Buonarroti to create the tomb where he would finally be laid to rest in 1513. The most prominent feature of this tomb would be an angry, horned Moses.
Our story begins in Exodus 32:1. Having not seen Moses for some time, Aaron declares the Jews cast their gold into a fire to produce a Golden Calf of worship. Finally descending from Mt Sinai, Moses observes this pagan-like activity. And it is told in Exodus 32:19, that the enraged Prophet cast the tablets he was holding from his hands, smashing the 10 Commandments beneath the Mountain.
… Michelangelo captures perfectly the raw emotion of Moses. Eyes darkened and veins throbbing in his arm, left foot poised for action, he grips the tablets in his right hand, ready to shatter.
BUT WHY THE STRANGE HORNS?
After the sin, Moses returns to the Lord and it is there we find the answers to the mysterious horns in Exodus 34:29. “He knew not that his face was horned from the conversation of the Lord." This has come to mean beams of light. Something that was also witnessed by the Jews when Moses returned from the Lord with a new, second set of commandments.
FROM SCRIPTURE, TO TOMB… AND NOW, YOUR COLLECTION
The illustrious 3D artist Cosmin Morar has been commissioned to replicate Michelangelo’s sculpture of this intense biblical story. From flowing beard to steely gaze, not a single detail has been overlooked.
Moses has been cast in silver high in the mountains of Thailand by silversmiths renowned for their rich silversmith ancestry. He comes to you with certificate of authentication, unique serial number and protective case.View full product details