• First Love (Antinoüs)

    First Love (Antinoüs)


    First, I read mythology when I was a child.

    The stories take you easily in another world, and, year after year sound very familiar to you.

    Then, my father took me to Greece. I already knew some places, I knew the stories about some of them...

    ... and dream became true : I faced the real stage, the scenery of all these stories.

    I went to Delphi, and I had there my first Stendhal's syndrome*.

     The first time I fell in love with an art work was there, I was about 12. I was walking along the entrance of the museum, loving all pieces, and suddenly, I just  stared... 

    Falling in love with him, muted :
    I looked at this cold and tender expression of his face, the curls of his hair. He just looked at me merely leaning his head.

    He probably whispered something because I also felt tragic. Indeed, Antinous was the favorite boyfriend of the Roman Emperor Hadrien. He mysteriously killed himself. He drowned into the Nile.

    When I came back for the first time in Delphi, in 2005, I just came slowly, tensed, into this room of the Delphi's museum where he was.

    And I saw him again, no wrinkle on his face, still looking at me with kindness... after all these years, after a neglect of years, still here without any bitterness against me !

    ... and I just cried silently, trying to hold my tears and hide it, uneasily walking around him and amongst the visitors.

    First Love (Antinoüs)

    * Stendhal's syndrome: psychosomatic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art.
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    Vendredi 6 Février 2009 à 22:18
    Bienvenue dans la communauté des Phillélènes LIZAGRECE
    Samedi 7 Février 2009 à 17:09
    MERCI !
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