Saturday, February 12, 2011

Jewel of the Desert

In a world of beautiful hotels, there are some that are downright gorgeous—such as The Arizona Biltmore, known as the Jewel of the Desert, built in 1929. One of the facets of the jewel is of course the artwork, such as these two companion murals, interpreting First People's symbology with an Egyptian flavor.

Maynard Dixon — The Legend of Earth and Sun —1929

Edith Hamlin — The Turquoise Goddess and the Warrior Twins — 1949

A glimpse of Hamlin's mural in situ


M. D. Jackson said...

Wow! I've never had any interest in going to Arizona but now that I've seen this it is on my list of places to visit!

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

MD, I highly recommend Arizona—a lot of very nice stuff. The Sedona back country is one of my favoritist places.

kallikratidas said...

What a wonderful and amazing "Icon" !!!
The Holy Estsanatlehi and the Twin Warriors remind me the Greek Twin Gods Dioscouroi, Castor(Kastor) and Pollux (Polydeuces), brothers of Helen of Troy

Glen Story said...

Architecturally, the Arizona Biltmore is very striking, having been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. You can see some of his "Prairie Deco" design in the textured concrete block.