back to past work VICTIM OF THE AGE - 1998

This series is based on the life of Roman Emperor Hadrian as told by Marguerite Yourcenar in her book, "Memoirs of Hadrian"

"It is difficult to remain an emperor in presence of a physician, and difficult even to keep one's essential quality as man. The professional eye saw in me only a mass of humors, a sorry mixture of blood and lymph. This morning it occured to me for the first time that my body, my faithful companion and friend, truer and better known to me than my own soul, may after all be only a sly beast who will end by devouring his master...

Little soul, gentle and drifting, guest and companion of my body, now you will dwell below in pallid places, stark and bare; there you will abandon your play of yore. But one moment still, let us gaze together on these familiar shores, on these objects which doubtless, we will not see again. . . . Let us try, if we can, to enter into death with open eyes. . . ." Marguerite Yourcenar, "Memoirs of Hadrian"

"Victim of the Age" is a series of triptychs done in oil on paper, mounted on linen.
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