Boethius


This bronze sculpture depicts Severinus Boethius, Roman Neoplatonic philosopher, statesman, music theorist and Christian theologian of 5th-6th centuries. He was consul, and then a head of the Senate and a prefect of Rome. He wrote many original works, as well as translated the most important ancient theoretical treatises from Greek into Latin. In 524 Boethius was accused of treason, imprisoned and a year or two later executed (exact date unknown). In prison, awaiting execution, he wrote his most famous work “Consolation of Philosophy”, in which he tried to solve the problem of the correlation of Divine Providence and free will in people. That is, actually looking into the eyes of death, Boethius has managed to maintain the courage and remain a philosopher. This is how Ivan Korzhev embodied him in this philosophical sculpture: Boethius's body is in fetter but his head is lifted up, the gaze is clear, calm and full of self-esteem. This is a look of an internally free man who remains true to himself in challenging and scary situations.

 

Material: Casting stone.  Dimensions: 105x64x50