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The Cariatid fallen under the weight of her stone

This is my favorite work of art, ever. I love this sculpture to bits, I can’t watch it without feeling a stirring deep inside me, and tears well up behind my eyes.

It’s usually on display at the Rodin museum, here in Paris. Actually, it’s the reason I go there.


It’s not on display right now, and it won’t be for a while. It is being restored, or lent to another museum. There were contradicting opinions on that. But the point is, I went to visit her yesterday, and she was not home.

Oh well. 🙂 She’ll be back.

I give it to you:
But she’s more than just good art denouncing bad art; she’s a symbol for every woman who ever shouldered a load too heavy. But not alone women—this symbol means every man and woman who ever sweated out life in uncomplaining fortitude until they crumpled under their loads. It’s courage…and victory.

Victory in defeat, there is none higher. She didn’t give up…she’s still trying to lift that stone after it has crushed her…she’s all the unsung heroes who couldn’t make it but never quit.
Robert A. Heinlein,
Stranger in a Strange Land


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