"River God"

Item 62 of 91 in 2019 Shape and Form
"River God" by Alan Douglas Ray, OSA, SCA
River God
Alan Douglas Ray, OSA, SCA
24" x 18"
Oil on Dibond Panel
CAN$3,490.00 Framed
Available for Sale
My "River God" is inspired by a view of "Ganges", one of four statues that make up the remarkable Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) in Rome's Piazza Navona. The fountain was designed by Bernini in 1651. Each statue represents the four major rivers of the four continents through which papal authority had spread. My favourite was Ganges, representing Asia. I studied the sculpture up close one Sunday morning at sunrise with few tourists around me. Half of the marble was in cool shade, and the other half in light that was growing increasingly warm and bright. I added three small birds (tits) to lend a sense of scale to the River God and a vibrancy that would be a foil to the "frozen" marble.