Thursday, 5 March 2015

Drabbles of Art - The Mysterious Archaeologists by Giorgio de Chirico

This week's image I've selected for the latest Drabble of Art is the wonderful work 'The Mysterious Archaeologists' by Giorgio de Chirico. It attracted me with it's strong imagery of the contrast of the two figures, but also the hint of cities within the figures. From there it was easy to draw a story of two cities in anthropomorphic form and what it might be like for them in a distant future as hinted by the ruins around them.

If you haven't read the previous drabbles in the series then you can find them all here:

The Mysterious Archaeologists by Giorgio de Chirico

“How long are we supposed to remain like this?”

“Until the end. You know the commandment.”

“I heard the words, but the masters are long gone. Their war ended millennia ago and they no longer infect our bodies. You should be pleased.”

“The word is the law. We are the embodiment of that law and here we stay.”

“Their civilisation has crumbled, they are no more. The world now belongs to the two of us and without your agreement I cannot leave. What do we do when their cities have returned to dust?”

“We wait.”

“For what?”

“For the end.”

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