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Art of the Day: Friday May 11, 2018

The Tortoise and The Eagle-Aesop's Fable

- by Robert Thomas Robie

This week's theme: Brought To You By the Letter "T"

This week all the art in Art of the Day features something that begins with the letter "T". Since this can be considered a somewhat uninspired theme, we've tried to mix it up a bit. Most days the "T" will be the subject of the piece - like "tines" on Tuesday, but other days it will be the media used or the piece of art itself. Thursday will be a banner day because it will deliver a tarantula, talons and a tortoise.


Art: The Tortoise and The Eagle-Aesop's Fable by Artist Robert Thomas Robie
This is one of the three pieces for the EBSQ's Aesop's fables book benefit for children's literacy

A TORTOISE, lazily basking in the sun, complained to the sea-birds of her hard fate, that no one would teach her to fly. An Eagle, hovering near, heard her lamentation and demanded what reward she would give him if he would take her aloft and float her in the air. "I will give you," she said, "all the riches of the Red Sea." "I will teach you to fly then," said the Eagle; and taking her up in his talons he carried her almost to the clouds suddenly he let her go, and she fell on a lofty mountain, dashing her shell to pieces. The Tortoise exclaimed in the moment of death: "I have deserved my present fate; for what had I to do with wings and clouds, who can with difficulty move about on the earth?'

If men had all they wished, they would be often ruined.

Robert Robie 6/18/04


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The Desert Tortoise

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The Golden Eagle

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other inhabitants

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