The Finest Sculptures of the World
Sculpture was one of the very first arts to be practiced and according to the dictionary sculpture is, “the art of making two- or three-dimensional representative or abstract forms, especially by carving stone or wood or by casting metal or plaster.” The art of sculpture may not have the fame of painting or the popularity of music, it does not command the outrageous prices that a masterpiece by landscape artist may attain. But there is something ethereal about a sculpture, something that is also tactile and three dimensional. In this blog we look at some of the finest sculptures that have ever been made.
David is the pinnacle of Donatello’s career; this small bronze statue is one of the most famous sculptures in the world today. Made sometime in the 1440’s its first claim to fame was that it was the first unsupported bronze work ever cast, and another quirky fact is that it is the first freestanding nude of a male body that was made ever. The sculpture is of a young David, standing with one foot on top of the vanquished head of his adversary Goliath.
This piece of art was crafted in marble by the French sculptor Rodin in 1889. The Kiss is a symbol of love and supposedly it was made to represent an Italian lady, who has fallen in love with her brother-in-law. The couple are discovered by the jealous husband and murdered in a fit of madness. If you look at the piece closely, you will see that the lover’s lips do not touch. It is said they were interrupted in their actions and met their doom before they even had a chance to kiss.
The Lady Justice
This statue is one of the most famous sculptures in the world, and one of the most instantly recognizable. The Lady Justice is not a single piece of sculpture made by one artist, but it is to be found outside every courthouse in the world made by artists all over the world. This piece of art goes by many names in many different countries, in some places people call it the Scales of Justice, others have named it Blind Justice, but it is commonly known as Lady Justice. The origins of the statue are not clear, but it is thought that it dates back to ancient Greece.
The second of our works from Rodin, The Thinker was actually originally named The Poet but now is famous as The Thinker. The piece was commissioned by the Arts Museum of Paris, and the sculpture was meant to represent Dante before the Gates of Hell, thinking about his epic poem. Apparently, Rodin made the statue nude, to compare with the great religious sculptures of Michelangelo, and to represent not just great intellect but poetry also.
All these fine sculptures are among the most magnificent that have ever been made, they represent not just the physical art of the subject that you can see, but also an idea or a story that is behind the sculpture. Be it a love story or an ideal for justice, these great works of art represent life itself.