Hermes at Rest

We proceed on our visit with our hearts full of joy and our spirits refreshed, down a steep lane which leads us to the Seat of Mercury, winged messenger to the gods, where we find a XVIIIth century bronze copy of “Hermes at rest”, a statue from the old school of Lisippo on display at the national museum in Naples.”*

Mercury's Seat

To one side, as an invitation to pause, in the shade of an oak tree, Mercury’s Seat, with an inscription in English on the parapet erroneously attributed to the writer and poet D. H. Lawrence who found such inspiration here for his works, while we know today that the quotation is from Catullus: “Lost to the world of which I desire no part, I sit alone and speak to my heart, satisfied with my little corner of the world, content to feel no more sadness for death.*

Mercury's Seat

*From the Villa Cimbrone guide leaflet

12 Comments CherryPie on Feb 12th 2018

12 Responses to “Villa Cimbrone – Mercury’s Seat”

  1. Ayush says:

    a pity that the left arm is gone, CP.

  2. lisl says:

    It is s till a fine copy of a statue, Cherie

  3. The Yum List says:

    Such history. It’s truly incredible.

  4. I have simply got to visit this place…it looks wonderful!

  5. This would make a good rest a while with me photo. ;)

  6. Alan says:

    That seat has seen a few backsides over the years :)

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