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"Mercury" (c. 1780-1850) - in the Rotunda of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC


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One thing nearly every visitor to the National Gallery of Art sees upon entering is the bronze statue of "Mercury" in the rotunda, pointing up at the domed ceiling.

Nobody knows who sculpted this, and very few people know the sculptor after whom it was sculpted: Giovanni Bologna.

But if you click on that Wikipedia link, you'll see that the more-proper name is "Giambologna."

Not only does this translate to "John Baloney," but it also almost-translates to "Ham Baloney."

Either of the above two interpretations could be sung to the tune of "My Sharona."

People think running a website is difficult, but it isn't so bad once you get the Knack for doing it.


"Mercury" on nga.gov

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