Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Creepy-Cool Coincidence

Early last week, I read about a special sculpture on loan from Italy to the National Gallery of Art, here in D.C. Two photos were included in the article and soon I became obsessed.

“Dying Gaul” is a fatally wounded warrior in battle. His weapons lie near him and his face is stoic, disappointed and filled with pain. It is beautifully and incredibly realistically rendered in marble. To me, it represents the futility of war and terrible waste of human life.

Last evening, I started reading a novel and, about a quarter of the way through, one of the lead characters revealed that she, too was obsessed with the “Dying Gaul” sculpture. The coincidence creeped me out.