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Description of Subject Matter: Eagles and Prey
This bronze sculpture is well known for the fine detail of the animals' textures — in this case the feathers of the eagles and the woolly coat of the goat. Eagles and Prey, was created by Christophe Fratin and is the oldest known sculpture in any New York City park.
Cast in Paris in 1850, the statue was a gift given to the City by Gordon Webster Burnham, and installed in Central Park in 1863. By the 1830s, Fratin became associated with the sculptors known as animaliers, because of their preference for animal subjects. During this time, he produced a series of small bronze pieces that were thought to be fanciful and romantic in tone. Eagles and Prey illustrates the animaliers, interest in the elemental forces of nature: a helpless goat is caught in the talons of two birds of prey. The work's rich surface texture and anatomical detail are typical of Fratin's style.
Introduced into Central Park just a year after the park's Board of Commissioners committee formed to review new statuary, Eagles and Prey was considered by some to be an intrusion. Critic Clarence Cook felt that Fratin's choice of subject and "wild, exotic depictions" did not fit in with "the tranquil rural beauty of the park scenery." The sculpture, cleaned and repaired by Central Park Conservancy in 1992, remains an integral member of the group of 19th and early 20th century statues in and around the Mall.
The above was from http://www.centralparknyc.org/things-to-see-and-do/attractions/eagles-and-prey.html
Wikipedia Description: List of sculptures in Central Park
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A total of 29 sculptures[note 1] have appeared since 1863 in New York City's 843-acre (3.41 km2) Central Park. Most have been donated by individuals or organizations, few by the city itself. While many early statues are of authors and poets along "Literary Walk" and American figures like Daniel Webster and "the Pilgrim", other early works were simply picturesque, like The Hunter and The Falconer; other notable statues include sled dog Balto, the so-called "Cleopatra's Needle" -- an Egyptian obelisk -- Alice of Wonderland, and most recently Duke Ellington.
Eagles and Prey, designed and created by Christophe Fratin, is the oldest known sculpture in any New York City park. It is made of bronze, and was cast in Paris, France in 1850 and was placed in the park in 1863. The sculpture was donated by Gordon Webster Burnham, who also donated the statue of Daniel Webster, as well as statues in other cities. The monument depicts a goat, wedged accidentally between two rocks, which is about to be devoured by two eagles. Their talons are sunk into the back of the goat as they flap their wings in victory.
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2018 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
(February) a Civil War Trust conference in Greenville, NC,
(May/June) an American Battlefield Trust conference in Newport News, VA,
(July) my 13th consecutive trip to San Diego Comic-Con via Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles,
(August) 2 two-day trips to New York City,
(September) an American Battlefield Trust dinner in Chicago, IL with on route visits to Charleston, WV, Louisville, KY, Saint Louis, MO, and Toledo, OH,
(October) another two-day trip to New York City for the New York Comic Con.