Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Miguel de Cervantes

There is a statue of Cervantes located at the end of a long, narrow courtyard that is part of the sprawling NYU campus. It's tucked away on Fifth Avenue off of Washington Square North. Do you see an open gate? Just keep going. There's a post here that discusses its origins but really, my desire to discuss the statue is simple and doesn't require any context at all.

Look at that! It's so delightful! The statue just whittles itself down to two prancing feet. And the expression on the statue's face gives no indication at all of the quiet dance he is doing. It betrays nothing. Which really, is kind of perfect for Cervantes. Also, all Shakespeare statues, too. I am certain they are out there.

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