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photoblog image For a Mid-Week Break...

For a Mid-Week Break...

 

Try your luck at hand-throwing!

 

This is the Silvius Brabo statue in Antwerp, Belgium.

It's a fascinating legend if you don't know how Antwerp got it's name.



For a Mid-Week Break...

 

Try your luck at hand-throwing!

 

This is the Silvius Brabo statue in Antwerp, Belgium.

It's a fascinating legend if you don't know how Antwerp got it's name.



comments (45)

  • Anupam
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Feb 2013, 00:27
Good shot..Ginnie..I think its a good place to go to-Antwerp
Ginnie Hart: Thank, Anupam. Antwerp is a great city to visit...more than once, even. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Feb 2013, 00:41
Lovely TourDeFrance calves on this bloke, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: He came well prepared to kill his giant, Ray! smile
beautifully done image...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Larry.
  • Picturit
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Feb 2013, 04:42
Wonderful presentation of Silvius Brabo...
Love the texture.
We have a Dutch saying; geef hem één vinger, en hij neemt de hele hand....
Give him one finger, and he takes the whole hand.....
Beautiful, just beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, MLMA. I LOVE your Dutch saying...so perfect for this statue! smile
I love the "wallpaper" you've added behind him!
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Elizabeth. Not everyone like textures, which I understand, but in this case I pretended it was telling the legend of this fine Roman man. smile
Well,I guess it is better than throwing a tantrum.
Ginnie Hart: Definitely, Michael! smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Feb 2013, 06:37
Fascinating Ginnie: I will Google this!
Ginnie Hart: The short version is in the link in my text, Chris, but here it is:

Silvius Brabo is a mythical Roman soldier who is said to have killed a giant, and by this would have created the name Brabant.

Later this story was also used to explain the name Antwerp (meaning hand throwing). Brabo once killed a giant, called Druon Antigoon, who asked money from people who wanted to pass the bridge over the river Scheldt. When they didn't want to or couldn't pay, he cut off their hand and threw it in the river. Because of this Brabo also removed the hand of the giant, and threw it into the river.

This mythical story is still shown by the statue in front of the Antwerp City Hall.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 6 Feb 2013, 06:37
Ha ha. Funny title Ginnie and an unusual sculpture.
Ginnie Hart: HA! And an unusual mythical story, Chad. smile Thanks.
or better yet, try NAKED hand throwing... that would catch on as a national sport in canada... (think shrinky dink in the cold)... ok, sorry about that haha, made me laugh tho smile
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA. OK, Elaine. Why don't you start a petition to get it off the ground. grin
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 6 Feb 2013, 07:27
I was quite taken by your background, too, Ginnie - it seems to complement the statue
Ginnie Hart: It was a very blah, rainy day, Lisl, with a white sky. I decided to make it look like there was a legend there, writ in the skies for centuries. smile Thanks.
Interesting! smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! grin
I've got to hand it to you Ginnie ... This is good.
Ginnie Hart: You're most kind, Richard. Thank you.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Feb 2013, 07:42
I have to read about Silvius Brabo - it is a dynamic statue of a powerful young man - with some texture in the background - why not some blue sky?
Ginnie Hart: I copied the link in my text for Chris because it's not too long, Philine:

"Silvius Brabo is a mythical Roman soldier who is said to have killed a giant, and by this would have created the name Brabant.

Later this story was also used to explain the name Antwerp (meaning hand throwing). Brabo once killed a giant, called Druon Antigoon, who asked money from people who wanted to pass the bridge over the river Scheldt. When they didn't want to or couldn't pay, he cut off their hand and threw it in the river. Because of this Brabo also removed the hand of the giant, and threw it into the river.

This mythical story is still shown by the statue in front of the Antwerp City Hall."

Sadly, there was no blue sky that blah, rainy day. So I decided to add a texture that looked like the telling of the legend in the skies. smile
They are an odd lot them Belgians. grin
Ginnie Hart: Yes, they are, Bill. More ture than you realize. grin
Excellent présentation, good photo Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
are you going to share the legend? why is he holding a hand??!! Nice shot though smile
Ginnie Hart: The legend is in the link of his name in my text, Sarah, but here it is:

"Silvius Brabo is a mythical Roman soldier who is said to have killed a giant, and by this would have created the name Brabant.

Later this story was also used to explain the name Antwerp (meaning hand throwing). Brabo once killed a giant, called Druon Antigoon, who asked money from people who wanted to pass the bridge over the river Scheldt. When they didn't want to or couldn't pay, he cut off their hand and threw it in the river. Because of this Brabo also removed the hand of the giant, and threw it into the river.

This mythical story is still shown by the statue in front of the Antwerp City Hall."
  • jpla
  • France
  • 6 Feb 2013, 08:48
Jolie prise ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée
JP
Ginnie Hart: Merci, JP.
Silvius was a clever lad then, and brave with it.
Ginnie Hart: Too bad it was only a mythical story, Sheila, right?! smile
  • Sarito
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Feb 2013, 09:24
Fascinating story indeed. mmm.. I think i need to find a bridge first.. lol.

- Sarito
Ginnie Hart: A bridge? Hmmmm. I'm sure I'll get it in a minute. smile
  • Laurette
  • South Africa
  • 6 Feb 2013, 09:46
A wonderful capture Ginnie and beautifully presented.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Laurette.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Feb 2013, 09:58
Is this is want is meant by throwing your hand in? smile I've just read your reply to Chris; sound like plenty of fun in mythology. wink
Ginnie Hart: Good question, Alan. Hmmmm. smile I have a feeling the myths around so many things have a lot more reality to them than we realize. HA!
  • Helys
  • France
  • 6 Feb 2013, 10:00
Great sculpture
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Helys. It's fun, isn't it.
avec les mots latins sur le calque,on est bien dans l'histoire....
Ginnie Hart: These statues and legends definitely stand the test of time, Angevine.
Your handwriting?
You know your handwriting can tell us a lot about your personality...
... OK let me go get my crystal ball!

A ha...
It says "creativity", "girl still just wanna have fun!"
Ginnie Hart: No, LC, not my handwriting. But now you've given me a texture idea. grin
Good pic, Ginnie - weird story!
Ginnie Hart: Just think of all those Greek myths, Tom. Where would we be without them?! smile
Some of these old tales are fascinating aren't they.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Brian, they are indeed!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Feb 2013, 11:59
It must be the hand that lifted the leaf. The other hand probably held a magnifying glass.
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA. You're bad, Louis! smile
  • Frances
  • United States
  • 6 Feb 2013, 12:28
I remember this statue when I visited Belgium, and wondered about the hand. A nice shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Once you know the story, it makes sense, Frances, right? smile Thanks.
I like your background for this Ginnie: really sets off the Silvius statue! What a great story smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Martin. Not everyone likes textures but it seemed to work this time.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 6 Feb 2013, 12:48
Such a powerful image. I do wonder what the hand is about? What it symbolizes??? Love how you've processed it with an overlay of script!
Ginnie Hart: The text isn't too long from the above link, Marcie:

"Silvius Brabo is a mythical Roman soldier who is said to have killed a giant, and by this would have created the name Brabant.

Later this story was also used to explain the name Antwerp (meaning hand throwing). Brabo once killed a giant, called Druon Antigoon, who asked money from people who wanted to pass the bridge over the river Scheldt. When they didn't want to or couldn't pay, he cut off their hand and threw it in the river. Because of this Brabo also removed the hand of the giant, and threw it into the river.

This mythical story is still shown by the statue in front of the Antwerp City Hall."

The textured script was for me like the writing down of the legend. Thanks. smile
  • Emily
  • Canada
  • 6 Feb 2013, 13:10
I have not heard this legend, Ginnie. But I am going to google it as we speak!

Ad I'd have to agree with Picturit - the texture in this image is great. That's the first thing I noticed!
Ginnie Hart: Here's the short version of the story, Emily:

"Silvius Brabo is a mythical Roman soldier who is said to have killed a giant, and by this would have created the name Brabant.

Later this story was also used to explain the name Antwerp (meaning hand throwing). Brabo once killed a giant, called Druon Antigoon, who asked money from people who wanted to pass the bridge over the river Scheldt. When they didn't want to or couldn't pay, he cut off their hand and threw it in the river. Because of this Brabo also removed the hand of the giant, and threw it into the river.

This mythical story is still shown by the statue in front of the Antwerp City Hall."

And I had to laugh because Picturit usually says Astrid, who happens to be my wife. HA! But you probably already know that. smile Thanks for the smile.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Feb 2013, 13:53
Interesting story! Great capture
Ginnie Hart: The things we learn from statues, Anne, right?! smile Thanks.
I could use a hand in my busy life these days. Very nice shot, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! A giant's hand would go a long way, too, Mary, I'm sure. smile Thanks.
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 6 Feb 2013, 16:18
Revenge over the oppressor forever in our minds.
Ginnie Hart: What goes around comes around, Rob! smile
I've heard of lending a hand but never thowing one !
Ginnie Hart: HA! Good one, Martin! smile
Quite a fascinating legend Ginnie! Nice capture.
Ginnie Hart: Leave it to the Belgians, Richard, right? smile Thanks.
Bonsoir Ginnie. Superb composition with nice détail. Have a lovely evening. Amicalement Antoine.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Antoine. Merci.
powerful smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Joshi.
I must've missed that sport at the Olympics!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Me, too, Dennis. smile
  • Luiza
  • Germany
  • 7 Feb 2013, 17:30
...week is broken, thank god, tomorrow is friday, weekend♥
Ginnie Hart: It is now Friday, Luiza. Happy Weekend! Have some fun.
its very nice and beautiful ,
i love this man
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly for stopping by and commenting here, Keyquest.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Feb 2013, 23:07
Wonderful treatment smile I hope you are enjoying your midweek break.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Cherry, and YES. Every day is like a break when you're retired. HA!
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 11 Feb 2013, 15:49
Someone took a too-literal interpretation of a request to "give me a hand"
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, George. smile
  • rian
  • United States
  • 14 Feb 2013, 16:53
i'm guessing that giant was a big, local bully who messed with the wrong guy.. smile still was a cool bit of info, nice catch too!
Ginnie Hart: You don't mess around with Roman kids, Rian!
Love the layering!! So fun to know that we saw this so close together! smile
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Friend, and yes, I know. We loved covering your tracks. smile

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