A few weeks ago I decided to go to Florence and, of course, I took the opportunity to visit the Uffizi Gallery.
Needless to say, this gallery presents a huge amount of masterpieces and works of art from all periods. Obviously it caught my attention the collection of ancient statues present in the main corridors. For a Cultor, as I am, I was interested to watch and admire these sculptures both as works of art and as material representations of an idea of "Divine" which my own spirituality totally refers to.. A statue of Jupiter or Venus of Greek or Roman times are for me, not just a work of art, but a spiritual heritage: they are "my Gods" and "my Goddesses"!
While wandering in the gallery, I saw therefore so many statues of Gods and Goddesses. But a statue in particular caught my attention.
It is, quite clearly, a statue of Minerva. My photos are not very good, but I hope they can provide an idea.
Personally I have never seen a statue of Minerva like this. Her eyes and face turned upward, a face expression and a pose of the body that express, in my view, mainly "fatigue", "tiredness" even "dissatisfaction" and "impatience". The tunic is raised much more than usual: not only one can see the feet (in the classic "divination" pose), but also the ankles and legs.
I have no elements to compare this statue to other statues of Minerva and I do not know how to interpret her, how to "read" ... What is her message?