Pan in the park

This statue was tucked away in the shrubbery of the Biennale Garden, Castello.

It looks like Pan is one of the figures. Who is the other one? Those familiar with mythology can tell us more of the story, I’m sure.

I did a little bit of online reading about Pan. Now, that lad had an interesting life!

After getting the real story from Steven, I found this on youtube:



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11 responses to “Pan in the park

  1. Appolo and Marsyas. A beautiful myth.


  2. Hi, Bert. You can be sure I’ll be going to have a much closer look at this, armed with new found knowledge. You’re so right, the fellow on the left looks like he’s thinking about having to mow the lawn when he gets home, or something equally mundane.


  3. Bert

    It looks as though the figure on the left is pulling the skin off with his bare hand! Ouch!
    And yet he doesn’t look as though he’s exerting much force, and there’s no emotion on his face. But there’s plenty of emotion in the figure on the right.
    I don’t think we are likely to get to the whys and wherefores. There are several statues in that area, with various mythological motifs. I would guess that the Titian might have been the inspiration for this one.


  4. You guys bring the panini, I’ll bring the Prosecco. What will Sandro have to drink?


  5. Steven

    Sounds like the perfect spot for a picnic!


  6. I went back to the original photo (in Picasa), and after zooming in on the shots it certainly does look like the figure on the left is divesting some flesh from the one on the right. I was also able to discern that the latter had his hands bound. I think Steven has won the prize!


  7. Steven

    Wonderful pics! And I don’t think I’ve ever seen that statue, though I walk through the Giardini looking around often enough. Or at least I thought I was looking!

    I wonder if the scene depicted is the flaying of the satyr Marsyas, one of Titian’s most famous subjects of his old age? It’s got the pipes which the satyr learned to play so well he (hubristically) challenged Apollo to a contest–and lost, with flaying being his punishment–as well as what appears to be the god Apollo.

    I wanted to see the Titian painting again and looked it up online and found this interesting article on it from The Guardian UK:–titian-2119240.html
    It says Iris Murdoch considered the Titian work the greatest in the Western canon!


    • Thank you for your research into this little mystery. Oh, boy! Those ancients played for keeps, didn’t they? And, a little hubris goes a long way! I’d sort of like to see that painting in the flesh, as it were. That could be the myth portrayed by the statue. That raises more questions. Who commissioned the statue? And, why? And, why place it in that site?

      As I recall, I was coming back from S. Elena, walking along the Viale dei Giardini Pubblici (I think), when I saw the statue.

      [20 days]


  8. Most days, one keeps one’s eyes open, dontcha know!! 🙂


  9. Darlene Jones

    You find the neatest things.


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