From time to time I look back on older pictures to see if there’s anything that has potential that I might have missed when I took it. So I was browsing around in Lightroom when I came across this picture. I’d looked at it a few times before, but I guess not closely enough.

This time, however, I followed her gaze and noticed where her eyes were looking. I also looked at the expression on her face and finally the position of the hands – particularly her right hand.

Then I started to smile. She really doesn’t seem impressed.

After a bit of research I discovered that it’s a statue of Athena. The original bronze sculpture was by Myron c.460 BC when it stood close to the entrance of the Parthenon. This re-creation shows Athena having thrown down her flute (which she had invented) and the satyr Marsyas preparing to retrieve it.

Taken in 2011 at the Botanical Garden, Copenhagen, Denmark with a Panasonic Lumix ZS-3.

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