A quadriga (n.) is a two-wheeled chariot drawn by four horses harnessed abreast. It comes from the Latin word quadrigae. The quadriga was adopted in ancient Roman chariot racing. Quadrigas were emblems of triumph, victory and fame often are depicted as the triumphant woman driving it. The Minnesota Quadriga is a gold-leafed copper and steel statuary group, "Progress of the State," was sculpted by sculptor Daniel Chester French in collaboration with equestrian sculptor Edward Potter and placed atop the roof at the base of the Capitol's dome in 1906 and has come to symbolize the twin city of St Paul. The four horses represent the power of nature: earth, wind, fire and water. The two female figures symbolize Minnesota, as civilization, agriculture and industry and the male figure standing and driving the chariot represents prosperity of the state.
Does this copying (approach to ancient ideal art) still exist in the 21st Century? Or has modern society of the 21st century lost touch with such associations to the past?
Great question! I think modern world tries to loose that spirit, and if we do not stop trying that, we will be lost forever!
Let`s hope that those processes will stop and the classic will return in our life.