So the Old Man’s body is turned toward
(thanks to some research, I found that Damietta
is an old Egyptian seaport) and his face is turned toward Rome (where the Pope lives.) He is off
balance, placing more weight on his right terra cotta foot, which isn’t a
sturdy material compared the other metals that make up his body. The image I see, is a dude who’s about to
turn around perhaps in the direction of Rome.
It may represent the struggle between the old and (relative) new cultures, also
paganism verses Christianity. Any other
thoughts on why he’s facing Rome but turned
Also he is crying on hell, above of hell (on Earth), presumably because of the suffering in the world. Sinners cause suffering, sorrow and pain in this world and the next. I say the next, meaning hell, because you’re damned to hell as a sinner and the metaphorical tears that drains down to hell translate into sorrow as it they could be part of your punishment. thoughts?