The Sculptures at Biltmore
Visiting Biltmore Estate in the late fall and early winter, when the foliage is all gone draws my eye to the beautiful classical sculptures. I thought I would share some of those with you today.
A statue of Diana stands in a small temple at the top of the hill overlooking Biltmore House. Diana was the twin sister of Apollo and was one of the twelve Olympians. She is the protector of wild animals especially deer and also goddess of the hunt and woodland. Appropriate here since Biltmore Estate has a lot of deer. She carries a bow, arrow and quiver. The dog is said to represent fidelity or chastity.
|Is this a cat on the roof? Was it the family pet?|
|This appears to be a dog.|
|And a monkey!|
|One of the entrance lions all dressed up for Christmas.|
The entrance lions are said to be carved of Rosso di Verona marble from near San Ambrogio Valpolicello in Italy. They are believed to date to the late nineteenth century and were placed here in late 1899 or early 1900.
|This little guy stands in the Italian Garden.|
|This appears to be Pan.|
I hope you enjoyed this sampling of the sculptures and statues at Biltmore. Of course there are several more. Hope you get to visit Biltmore and see them in person.
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Gwyneth Carswell, an English lady banished by her father to the harsh Scottish Highlands, wants nothing more than to take her young son away from the violence of two fighting clans--her own distant kin, the MacIrwins, and their enemies, the MacGraths. She risks everything to rescue the fierce MacGrath warrior from the battlefield where he’s left for dead by her clan. She only knows she is inexplicably drawn to him and he wants peace as she does. When her clan learns of her betrayal, they seek vengeance. Dare she trust the enemy more than her own family?
Laird Alasdair MacGrath is driven to end two-hundred years of feuding with the MacIrwins. But by taking in and protecting Lady Gwyneth and her son, he provokes more attacks from his mortal enemy. As the danger and conflict surrounding them escalate, Alasdair and Gwyneth discover an explosive passion neither of them expected. With the arrival of a powerful man from her past, a horrible decision confronts her--give up her son or the man she loves.