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What is your favorite sculpture?


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by Anonymousreply 301May 26, 2023 3:38 AM

Only answer if you're really classy and knowledgable about art.

by Anonymousreply 1February 12, 2023 1:29 AM
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by Anonymousreply 2February 12, 2023 1:31 AM

Venus de Milo. I cried when I first saw it at the Louvre

by Anonymousreply 3February 12, 2023 1:32 AM

The Thinker. I don't know how to post link or photos

by Anonymousreply 4February 12, 2023 1:32 AM

The David, particularly it isn’t new setting, is just magnificent. I just stared and stared at what a wonder it is

by Anonymousreply 5February 12, 2023 1:35 AM

r5 He is really gorgeous even with the small...

by Anonymousreply 6February 12, 2023 1:37 AM

[quote]I know Mary


Queen of Scots?

The contrary one?

by Anonymousreply 7February 12, 2023 1:39 AM

The Hot Daddy Dying Gaul

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by Anonymousreply 8February 12, 2023 1:49 AM

This thread died fast.

by Anonymousreply 9February 12, 2023 5:49 PM

Pieta for me- when I saw it in person I almost collapsed.

by Anonymousreply 10February 12, 2023 5:55 PM
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by Anonymousreply 11February 12, 2023 5:57 PM

Meine Lieblingsskulptur ist verschwunden!!

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by Anonymousreply 12February 12, 2023 6:08 PM

So many already mentioned...


The Dying Gaul

But I like the Big Guys...

Farnese Hercules:

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by Anonymousreply 13February 12, 2023 6:09 PM

And his beefy butt...

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by Anonymousreply 14February 12, 2023 6:11 PM

Hank Willis Thomas' "The Embrace." Who doesn't love a good snatch eating?

by Anonymousreply 15February 12, 2023 6:18 PM

One of my favorite sculptors is Doris Salcedo from Columbia. Many of her works deal with pain, trauma, mourning and loss, and are dedicated to people who have been disappeared. Her works are just heart breaking and gut wrenching, so much emotion is embedded in them for inanimate objects.

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by Anonymousreply 16February 12, 2023 6:19 PM

Rachel Whiteread is perhaps the greatest living sculptor of the day. She explores the negative space of objects and architecture by casting the space into a sculpture. The space under chairs series is haunting and magnificent, but it’s her large scale works that just hammer home about the space we occupy, but never actually see.

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by Anonymousreply 17February 12, 2023 6:25 PM

The Barberini Faun

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by Anonymousreply 18February 12, 2023 6:28 PM

Janine Antoni was one of the art world’s enfant terribles for some time, but her works in soap, chocolate and lipstick were some of the most inventive pieces since Eva Hesse in terms of use (or misuse) of materials.

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by Anonymousreply 19February 12, 2023 6:32 PM

By far the most impressive piece of sculpture I’ve seen in the last decade is Kara Walker’s A Subtly in the abandoned Domino’s sugar factory in Queens. Just mind blowing and unbelievable. She happened to be there that day giving a tour to visitors and she’s one of the most intelligent, thoughtful and intuitive artists working today.

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by Anonymousreply 20February 12, 2023 6:39 PM

Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne

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by Anonymousreply 21February 12, 2023 6:47 PM

Really the greatest sculptor of the 20th century was Louise Bourgeois and her crowing achievement were the Maman Spiders.

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by Anonymousreply 22February 12, 2023 6:51 PM

The runner up would be Richard Serra, especially his Torqued Ellipses.

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by Anonymousreply 23February 12, 2023 6:53 PM

Ursula von Rydingsvard works in cedar and graphite are some if the most ethereal works of the last few decades.

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by Anonymousreply 24February 12, 2023 6:58 PM

R21, seconded. I was astounded when I saw it in person.

by Anonymousreply 25February 12, 2023 7:06 PM

Nothing in the MET?

by Anonymousreply 26February 12, 2023 7:18 PM

R26 Collectively the Saint-Gaudens are magnificent, but even in their great numbers they’re a bit out done by the Diana in it’s setting at The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

by Anonymousreply 27February 13, 2023 11:51 PM
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by Anonymousreply 28February 14, 2023 12:04 AM

I collapsed into a sobbing wreck the first time I saw this.

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by Anonymousreply 29February 14, 2023 12:11 AM

🤣🤣This is not Lucy @ r29..This is Lucille!!

by Anonymousreply 30February 14, 2023 12:22 AM

The photo depicted in R29's post is a black woman

by Anonymousreply 31February 14, 2023 12:23 AM

I think she’s a bronze woman, and one with an extremely high zinc content at that.

by Anonymousreply 32February 14, 2023 12:28 AM

Any horse hung ones?

by Anonymousreply 33February 14, 2023 1:15 AM

The Kiss by Rodin. Don't know to link a picture here either...

by Anonymousreply 34February 14, 2023 1:15 AM

R21: that’s incredible!

by Anonymousreply 35February 14, 2023 1:15 AM

[quote]Pieta for me- when I saw it in person I almost collapsed.

MARY. (Literally.)

by Anonymousreply 36February 14, 2023 1:42 AM

It's interesting how, over the centuries, there seems to be a consensus as to what a great male ass looks like.

by Anonymousreply 37February 14, 2023 3:44 AM

Statue of Neptune in Bologna

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by Anonymousreply 38February 14, 2023 5:55 AM

"Princess X" by Brancusi

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by Anonymousreply 39February 14, 2023 6:03 AM

Once saw this one at the Louvre and have obsessed over it ever since. I love the poignant juxtaposition of the strong, virile soldier feeding a baby with such tenderness and gentleness...and the dog licking at his feet...beautiful.

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by Anonymousreply 40February 14, 2023 6:10 AM

Nydia, the blind flower girl of Pompeii. It doesn’t photograph well, but seeing it in person made me feel so much. Heartbreak, and hopefulness at the same time.

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by Anonymousreply 41February 14, 2023 6:10 AM

Le Nonne Oro by the italian sculptor Maurizio Cattelan

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by Anonymousreply 42February 14, 2023 6:15 AM

R40 here, sorry, link didn't work.

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by Anonymousreply 43February 14, 2023 6:18 AM

Laocoön and His Sons.

I remember in grade school learning about this and there is an interesting story behind it. Apparently Laocoön pissed off the gods so they sent serpents to kill him and his two sons.

My teacher was discussing the pain in Laocoön's eyes. Not only his physical pain, but the pain he feels that he is unable to protect his sons. That's pretty deep for a kid to take in. But of course I concentrated on the hot naked dad with his naked sons.

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by Anonymousreply 44February 14, 2023 6:24 AM

I’m drawing a complete blank.

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by Anonymousreply 45February 14, 2023 6:24 AM

Fragmentary colossal head of a youth 2nd century B.C. Greek

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by Anonymousreply 46February 14, 2023 9:08 AM

Limestone statue of a young man mid-4th century B.C. Cypriot

Metropolitan Museum of Art

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by Anonymousreply 47February 14, 2023 9:12 AM

The Burghers of Calais.

Such a great true story.

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by Anonymousreply 48February 14, 2023 9:19 AM

Marie’s Sculpture

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by Anonymousreply 49February 14, 2023 4:52 PM

Diomedes statue in the Louvre

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by Anonymousreply 50February 14, 2023 10:16 PM

Augustus of Prima Porta

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by Anonymousreply 51February 14, 2023 10:21 PM

[quote]The Thinker. I don't know how to post link or photos.

Just copy the url of the photo into the box titled "Web Site Link".

by Anonymousreply 52February 15, 2023 1:36 AM

Michelangelo's statue of Giuliano de' Medici in Florence's Medici Chapel. Giuliano's friends called him "Sexy Tits".

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by Anonymousreply 53February 15, 2023 1:47 AM

Louise Brongniart by Houdon

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by Anonymousreply 54February 15, 2023 6:23 AM

Michelangelo’s Tomb of Julius II. I love the way he slyly put Jules at the very top, lounging like a slutty, effeminate odalisk.

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by Anonymousreply 55February 15, 2023 6:43 AM

Winged Victory

It is incredibly beautiful to experience in person.

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by Anonymousreply 56February 15, 2023 6:45 AM

R55, the article isn't 100% clear but it seems like the statue of Julius was sculpted by Michelangelos's pupils, which is surprising because it should be the tomb's most important sculpture. I assume Michelangelo made detailed drawings of what he wanted. The pope does look a bit like a coy odalisque. The Moses is stunning.

by Anonymousreply 57February 15, 2023 6:57 AM

Barberini Faun in the Munich Glyptothek:

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by Anonymousreply 58February 15, 2023 7:02 AM
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by Anonymousreply 59February 15, 2023 7:05 AM

Statue of Osiris-Antinous, Egyptian Museum, Vatican

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by Anonymousreply 60February 15, 2023 7:10 AM

Stone relief of Brahma from the museum at the University of Pennsylvania

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by Anonymousreply 61February 16, 2023 3:23 AM


by Anonymousreply 62February 16, 2023 7:57 PM

Not famous, but

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by Anonymousreply 63February 16, 2023 8:06 PM

Dataloungers of All Lands Unite

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by Anonymousreply 64February 16, 2023 8:54 PM

"Unique Forms of Continuity in Space" (Italian: Forme uniche della continuità nello spazio) is a 1913 bronze Futurist sculpture by Umberto Boccioni. It is seen as an expression of movement and fluidity.

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by Anonymousreply 65February 16, 2023 9:11 PM

Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor.

Snobs love to hate it.

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by Anonymousreply 66February 16, 2023 9:13 PM

Also in Chicago...

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by Anonymousreply 67February 16, 2023 9:24 PM

I believe I've read Hadiran had over 80 sculptures of his lover Antinous.

I like this one dated a little after 130 AD.

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by Anonymousreply 68February 16, 2023 9:28 PM

That statue is one of my favourites too, R65.

by Anonymousreply 69February 16, 2023 9:47 PM

Thought you fags would be more familiar with this one.

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by Anonymousreply 70February 16, 2023 9:52 PM

Lol, R70. You have a way with words.

by Anonymousreply 71February 16, 2023 9:55 PM

Statue relief of the Eternal Shiva (Sadashiva) from the Penn Museum at the University of Pennsylvania. It's currently on loan, probably to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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by Anonymousreply 72February 16, 2023 10:18 PM

Celestial Dancer (Devata) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Even I, as a gay man, can appreciate this statue, despite the exaggerated breasts.

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by Anonymousreply 73February 16, 2023 10:24 PM


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by Anonymousreply 74February 16, 2023 10:27 PM

R74, shouldn't you get back to making your 64th post on the "Words You Don't Hear Anymore" thread.

by Anonymousreply 75February 16, 2023 10:35 PM

The videos on the Vatican Museums official website are quite good at showing the beauty of the statues with close-up details.

Here's the Museo Pio Clementino. The equestrian statue at the 1:26 mark has been reworked. The body is of an Amazon with a male head from a different statue attached.

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by Anonymousreply 76February 16, 2023 11:43 PM

New Wing of the Vatican Museums

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by Anonymousreply 77February 16, 2023 11:50 PM

Farnese Antinous because we had sex.

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by Anonymousreply 78February 17, 2023 12:27 AM

Apennine Colossus by Giambologna. It's about 98 feet high. It's in the garden of the Villa Demidoff in Tuscany.

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by Anonymousreply 79February 17, 2023 3:56 PM

Le Nomade by Jaume Plensa

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by Anonymousreply 80February 17, 2023 4:02 PM

Any face carved by Tilman Riemenschneider.

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by Anonymousreply 81February 17, 2023 7:55 PM

Limestone statue of Ramses II discovered near Memphis

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by Anonymousreply 82February 18, 2023 2:42 PM

People, if you can pull up an image of it on Pinterest and link, it will always post. Don’t make us work to see what it is your blabbering on about.

by Anonymousreply 83February 18, 2023 3:42 PM

Why would you limit yourself to what's on pinterest? If clicking on a link is so much work for you, then skip the post.

by Anonymousreply 84February 18, 2023 4:15 PM

Barbara Hepworth - The Family of Man

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by Anonymousreply 85February 18, 2023 4:42 PM

R84 No, not at all, but if you put the work of art, or the artist’s name, in Google with “Pinterest” and search images any that are posted there will always show up in a link as an image. It’s by far not my favorite sources, but it’s one of the easier work around for this board, which has such arcane and obscure issues about what can and can not be linked to and saves a lot of time doing trial and error to find one that does. There’s one person who constantly links art from something like Travelocity or some such place that never show up, and it’s like what the hell???

by Anonymousreply 86February 18, 2023 5:44 PM

For fellow Art Deco fans, my favorite sculpture/bronze is ‘La Comete’ by Maurice Guiraud Riviere (1891-1967). French circa 1925.

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by Anonymousreply 87February 18, 2023 6:11 PM

Wow. Very cool, R87. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 88February 18, 2023 6:58 PM

The fictional statue of Dagoth, the Dreaming God in Conan The Destroyer.

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by Anonymousreply 89February 18, 2023 7:11 PM

I frequently link to TripAdvisor, R86. I want to be sure I understand you correctly. Are you annoyed that the images aren't embedded and can't be seen as you scroll down the thread? Or when you stop at a post and click on the TripAdvisor link, the link doesn't work at all and you get no image. All the links work for me when I click on them.

by Anonymousreply 90February 19, 2023 12:31 AM

Perseus with the Head of Medusa by Cellini

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by Anonymousreply 91February 19, 2023 12:35 AM

Lindy Lee’s work is really beautiful when seen onsite. She’s killing it in a commercial sense. Seems she gets a new major commission each week.

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by Anonymousreply 92February 19, 2023 12:50 AM

Great choice, R92. Beautiful sculpture.

by Anonymousreply 93February 19, 2023 1:12 AM

Apollo tended by the Nymphs by Girardon

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by Anonymousreply 94February 20, 2023 7:18 PM

Diadoumenos, National Archaeological Museum Athens

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by Anonymousreply 95February 20, 2023 7:23 PM

The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa by Bernini

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by Anonymousreply 96February 20, 2023 8:07 PM

R56,seeing Winged Victory all alone at the top of the long main stairs at the Louvre as a sixth grader was my first and most memorable museum experience. It was magical.

by Anonymousreply 97February 20, 2023 8:10 PM

It truly was for me as well R97. It took my breath.

by Anonymousreply 98February 21, 2023 1:32 AM

R98 has multiple personalities 😆. He addresses R97 but also calls himself R97.

by Anonymousreply 99February 21, 2023 4:45 AM

Sexy butts at the Met's collection of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture

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by Anonymousreply 100February 21, 2023 7:34 AM

"Getting They Box Eaten"

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by Anonymousreply 101February 21, 2023 1:43 PM
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by Anonymousreply 102February 21, 2023 6:10 PM

R99 I realized that after I hit the post tab. Since we don't have an edit feature I decided to just let it go, believing most here have the sense to realize it was just a little mistake. Since you wish to make an issue of this, I most insincerely apologize for the error in my writing ways. You rule, babe. You are so cool. Thanks again for pointing this out. You're The Man today.

by Anonymousreply 103February 21, 2023 6:31 PM

Someone's touchy ...

by Anonymousreply 104February 21, 2023 6:45 PM

Jean Tinguenly. Swiss sculptor. kinetic and static works. If you can break out of the crustiness.

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by Anonymousreply 105February 21, 2023 6:48 PM

Anything by Koons or Chihuly shattered on a street.

by Anonymousreply 106February 21, 2023 6:56 PM

"Quest Eternal," known locally as "The Naked Guy" (is he reaching for the stars or a towel?) which stood for years in front of the Prudential Center on Boylston Street in Boston.

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by Anonymousreply 107February 21, 2023 7:19 PM

I was joking, R98. Sorry for offending you.

Love the statue at R107.

by Anonymousreply 108February 21, 2023 8:02 PM

Bust of Caracalla at the Louvre. I think he's ruggedly handsome.

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by Anonymousreply 109February 21, 2023 11:34 PM

Untitled sculptures by Tony Cragg, created in 2020. They're located in the One Vanderbilt skyscraper in New York.

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by Anonymousreply 110February 21, 2023 11:39 PM

Congregation by Tony Cragg

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by Anonymousreply 111February 23, 2023 2:24 AM

Veiled Vestal Virgin by Raffaelle Monti (1847)

It’s part of an enviable collection of statues at Chatsworth House in England. I would love to see it in person. The sculptor’s skill at transforming marble to look like cloth (especially the sheer veil) is impressive.

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by Anonymousreply 112February 23, 2023 6:30 AM

Not great works of art but pleasant enough. Reliefs on the Cirque d'Hiver building in Paris. I assume the guy with the club is Hercules.

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by Anonymousreply 113February 23, 2023 7:18 AM
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by Anonymousreply 114February 24, 2023 12:49 AM

probably detail of Hercules and Cacus statue by Baccio Bandinelli

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by Anonymousreply 115February 24, 2023 2:44 AM

It really is beautiful and quirky, a rarity.

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by Anonymousreply 116February 24, 2023 4:02 AM

Great point, R116. Many of Gehry's buildings are like pieces of sculpture and the Disney Concert Hall is one of the better ones.

by Anonymousreply 117February 24, 2023 5:53 AM

Luci di Nara by Igor Mitoraj

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by Anonymousreply 118February 24, 2023 6:13 AM

DLers struggling to post the image into the actual thread.

by Anonymousreply 119February 24, 2023 6:55 AM

Nah, it's better this way, R119. The image is a surprise.

by Anonymousreply 120February 24, 2023 6:58 AM

I mentioned the work of Doris Salcedo at R16. This is her latest piece:

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by Anonymousreply 121February 25, 2023 5:19 AM

R121, thanks for introducing us to Rachel Whiteread, Doris Salcedo and Ursula von Rydingsvard. Very cool artists. I especially like R24.

by Anonymousreply 122February 25, 2023 8:59 AM

The Met's Diadoumenos

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by Anonymousreply 123February 25, 2023 9:06 AM

Carved ivory from 19th century China with the title:

Plaque with dragon, pheasant, quail, and other birds amidst bamboo and plum blossom

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by Anonymousreply 124February 25, 2023 9:13 AM

More info about R124.

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by Anonymousreply 125February 25, 2023 9:14 AM

Fountain of Diana. So elegant and aristocratic.

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by Anonymousreply 126February 27, 2023 7:01 AM

Cupid Playing with a Butterfly by Antoine-Denis Chaudet

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by Anonymousreply 127February 27, 2023 7:04 AM

La Folie des Grandeurs by Rene Magritte

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by Anonymousreply 128February 27, 2023 7:17 AM

Then there's Cellini's Salt Cellar.

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by Anonymousreply 129February 27, 2023 7:18 AM

Yes, I love that sculpture too, R129. From the same artist who gave us Perseus and Medusa / R91.

by Anonymousreply 130February 27, 2023 7:41 AM

Gian Lorenzo Bernini's The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa.

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by Anonymousreply 131February 27, 2023 7:51 AM

R131, meet R96.

by Anonymousreply 132February 27, 2023 7:59 AM

[quote][R131], meet [R96].

What is your point? Because someone else also likes the same sculpture, another person cannot post it?

DL is now Control Freak Central.

by Anonymousreply 133February 27, 2023 8:02 AM

R131, Did you not see R96? Did you not?

by Anonymousreply 134February 27, 2023 4:02 PM

Apparently, St. Teresa is having multiple orgasms on this this thread!

by Anonymousreply 135February 27, 2023 4:19 PM

[quote][R131], Did you not see [R96]? Did you not?

That's NOT the point now, is it? Again, you bloody moron, if TWENTY people in this thread enjoy the same exact sculpture, are they not supposed to say so?!

WTF is wrong with YOU?

by Anonymousreply 136February 27, 2023 6:06 PM

Yes it is the point, R136.

Did R131 not see R96? Did he not?

Once I read R96, I had sufficient.

What is wrong with [bold] YOU [/bold]?

by Anonymousreply 137February 27, 2023 6:11 PM

Girls! Girls! We can all choose Bernini as our favorite sculptor as unimaginative and in awe of technique and execution over artistic merit as that might be!

by Anonymousreply 138February 27, 2023 6:57 PM

R138, who the fuck are YOU to judge whether or not some piece of art, or artist is "unimaginative" or lacking "artistic merit."

Are you that former truck driver turned art critic who writes for NEW YORK mag, that annoying Saltz character?

by Anonymousreply 139February 28, 2023 9:13 AM

R139 Actually, I studied Art History, including in Italy, and worked at two major museums in NYC. Bernini is pure Baroque, which emphasized dramatic, exaggerated motion and clear, easy interpreted detail. It is art that takes very little to embrace and think deeply about, which is both it’s curse and it’s blessing. It is there to capture attention and emotions and engage viewers.

Technically, he’s one of the most superior practitioners of the art of sculpture, surpassing the Ancient Greeks, Romans and even Michaelangelo. Did I traipse around Rome and visit all his major works, yes. But liking Bernini for most is the equivalent of people who put posters of Monet’s waterlilies on their walls or Catholic families with pictures of The Pieta in their homes, it reaches a level of kitsch without examining the deeper meaning about how Bernini is using the style to manipulate and engage the viewer emotionally to draw them in and move them.

Most people who like his work do so for the most superficial and surface reasons, while remaining oblivious to why they are sophisticated works of art technically, their purposeful manipulation and what it means in the evolution of Renaissance to Mannerist to Baroque sculptural styles and it’s eventual evolution into the Rococo.

by Anonymousreply 140February 28, 2023 10:11 AM

Do you have trouble being assertive?

by Anonymousreply 141February 28, 2023 10:33 AM

R140 [quote]But liking Bernini for most is the equivalent of people who put posters of Monet’s waterlilies on their walls or Catholic families with pictures of The Pieta in their homes...

Your credentials aren't particularly impressive here and only mean something to you.

Some people ('classes' to you) have reproductions of artwork that they love. That doesn't make their aesthetics kitsch or their experiences shallower or less real than yours. You're a pedantic snob with a small, rigid set of old, stale ideas.

[quote]Most people who like his work do so for the most superficial and surface reasons...

Anytime anyone anywhere has to degrade everybody else in the room to build themselves up is a person who is incapable of self-reflection.

by Anonymousreply 142February 28, 2023 1:50 PM


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by Anonymousreply 143February 28, 2023 5:19 PM

I’ve had the burgers in Calais — they’re ok but they make them with weird cheese.

by Anonymousreply 144February 28, 2023 5:21 PM

Yeah, but it's probably full of plaster, not poop, R143. The "artist" himself said so.

by Anonymousreply 145February 28, 2023 7:01 PM

R43, I believe that's the shepherd Phorbas, not a soldier. In Greek mythology, he found the infant Oedipus abandoned on a hillside and rescued him.

by Anonymousreply 146February 28, 2023 7:32 PM

R102, I'd be sorely tempted to smash Jeff Koons's "Michael Jackson and Bubbles", not that I'd be able to compensate the gallery for the value of the sculpture. There's something about the campiness and decadence of the statue that really makes me cringe.

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by Anonymousreply 147March 1, 2023 4:26 AM

But I do like Koons's "Rabbit" and balloon dogs. Maybe they're slick and soulless and commercial but I think they're fun and whimsical, despite the knife-like paw of the rabbit.

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by Anonymousreply 148March 1, 2023 4:29 AM

R147 I saw that monstrosity in San Francisco many moons ago. I was filled with shock and awe ... and oh yes, horror.

by Anonymousreply 149March 1, 2023 8:53 AM

You're right, R149. It is horrifying though I guess some people think the campiness of the sculpture is funny. Koons does know how to provoke people.

by Anonymousreply 150March 1, 2023 4:05 PM

I approached the sculpture from the back side. I recall it was enormous. As I continued around the massive monster and came face to face with Bubbles I was forced to stop and wonder who was freakier... Jackson or the monkey. They made me feel sad. Chillingly overdone with all the gold, rouge, eyeliner, and red lips. Freaks.

by Anonymousreply 151March 1, 2023 5:49 PM

[quote][R139] Actually, I studied Art History, including in Italy, and worked at two major museums in NYC. Bernini is pure Baroque, which emphasized dramatic, exaggerated motion and clear, easy interpreted detail. It is art that takes very little to embrace and think deeply about, which is both it’s curse and it’s blessing. It is there to capture attention and emotions and engage viewers.

Smell you! You sound quite insufferable. Why don’t you insult people a little more. Perhaps some people simple enjoy the beauty and the whimsy of certain art?! They don't need to understand art to enjoy it.

Are you saying because you have a degree in Art History, which is actually a completely and utterly useless degree, unless you teach art or work in a museum or gallery, most Art History degrees are useless. A cousin's daughter has a degree in Art History, she now works at a Mac store. I notice many who have this degree cannot even sketch or paint, they have little to no actual technical talent as an artist.

I also studied art, I started drawing at 4-5 years old. In art college, I majored in the commercial end, I’ve been working as a commercial artist most of my adult life. I’ve also worked in many creative areas in the art world. I’m currently a Creative Director in the music and fashion fields.

I attended a NYC art high school, a NYC art college and then studied art in London while working there.

What this art high school did teach, many of the already talented students should figure out what end of art they hoped to work in, not go to college for some useless degree. These students were also taught to hone their artist abilities and focus on their strengths. The art high school had four art classes a day, in addition to the basic high school curriculum.

There were so many creative areas for the students to get a real job in: commercial art/graphic design, fashion illustration, photography, architecture, fine arts painting, sculpture and so many other areas of art. Art is obviously not only about drawing and painting. The art high school I attended was amazing, it still exists. The courses were college level, quite difficult for high school, but we all learned so much. Many famous successful creative people attended this same art high school.

by Anonymousreply 152March 2, 2023 10:46 AM

R140, I enjoy certain artists because their art pleases me visually, it makes me feel something. It doesn’t have to be any deeper than that. I don’t have to give snarky long winded reasons as to why I enjoy certain art. I don’t have to over-analyze the art I do enjoy and get inspiration from.

Art is for everyone to enjoy! That's what museums are for. If an artist can change the way people feel. more power to them.

My favorite artists are all over the map, I love Rembrandt, Klimt, Vermeer, Kiki Smith, Donald Judd, Waterhouse, Warhol, Yoko Ono, the late Gordon Matta-Clark and many others, which I'm sure you’d probably have something negative to say about each of these artists.

I probably know more than you do about certain aspects of art, however, I do not feel the need to lecture others. I sure don’t feel the need to show any sort of superiority on an anonymous message forum.

People should enjoy whatever art they are moved by, certainly without worrying about people like you putting down their appreciation because they don’t have a degree in Art History or attended any sort of art school.

by Anonymousreply 153March 2, 2023 11:18 AM

Yoko Ono?! R153 is obviously a joke post.

by Anonymousreply 154March 2, 2023 1:16 PM

Diana of Versailles

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by Anonymousreply 155March 2, 2023 9:52 PM

statuette of Amun at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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by Anonymousreply 156March 2, 2023 9:55 PM

More pics of favorite sculptures please.

by Anonymousreply 157March 2, 2023 11:15 PM

Koons is laughing all the way to the bank, R151. He bought 11 and 13 East 67th Street for $32 million and planned to combine the two townhouses into a megamansion. This is an old article so I'm not sure if he still lives there.

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by Anonymousreply 158March 3, 2023 9:16 PM

The Lucifer of Liege.

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by Anonymousreply 159March 4, 2023 12:36 AM

Very cool choice, R159. Not well known.

by Anonymousreply 160March 4, 2023 7:58 AM

Had to look up R139's comment on Jerry Saltz. He was indeed a truck driver!

by Anonymousreply 161March 4, 2023 1:51 PM

There's an interview with Jerry Saltz on the linked page. It's the fourth one from the top. I think he's smart and articulate, though not as funny as he thinks he is. He won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. I don't think the fact that he used to be a truck driver and doesn't have an art history degree from a prestigious university has anything to do with anything. If you're very passionate about a subject, you can teach yourself in your spare time. His wife is an art critic for the NYT. Surely she wouldn't marry a hack.

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by Anonymousreply 162March 4, 2023 3:51 PM

The Vine by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth

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by Anonymousreply 163March 4, 2023 11:50 PM

[quote]There's an interview with Jerry Saltz on the linked page. It's the fourth one from the top. I think he's smart and articulate, though not as funny as he thinks he is. He won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. I don't think the fact that he used to be a truck driver and doesn't have an art history degree from a prestigious university has anything to do with anything. If you're very passionate about a subject, you can teach yourself in your spare time. His wife is an art critic for the NYT. Surely she wouldn't marry a hack.

If that's the case, people can say the same about any degree, why bothering study any subject. "you can teach yourself in your spare time." Seriously? You sure do need degrees to be doctors and lawyers, otherwise, you are George Santos.

Wonder how people who studied art, and can actually draw and paint, feel about people like Jerry Saltz always mouthing off. His most current diatribe about some current exhibition was exhausting to read. Years ago, he was one of the judges on some art reality show, he was exactly as I expected.

What's that expression, those who cannot do something, end up teaching it? This is the same about critics of anything, whether is be music, art and film.

Who cares about what any art critic has to say about art. The point of art, it can be enjoyed by anyone. Whether or not Jerry Saltz has an art degree is actually irrelevant, but what makes him such an expert? As far as I know he has zero artistic abilities.

Isn't there fact that someone like Jeff Koons, who doesn't even create his own art, enough of a reason to find art critics irrelevant?

by Anonymousreply 164March 5, 2023 12:05 AM

Peter Schjeldahl, born in North Dakota the son of the inventor of the air sickness bag, never graduated from college and was foremost a poet, yet was one of the most prominent Art Critics of the last forty five years.

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by Anonymousreply 165March 5, 2023 4:22 AM

Richard Gilman was a prominent drama and literary critic for much of the second half of the twentieth century. Born in Brooklyn he went into the Marines before college at University of Wisconsin, but even his family questions if he actually graduated, and for most of his life he even lied about his age to them. He taught at Yale for over 40 years as an adjunct professor, despite not having any advanced degree.

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by Anonymousreply 166March 5, 2023 4:32 AM

R164, I'm not saying that everyone can do what Jerry Saltz did. He must be very passionate about art and very hard working and have interesting things to say. Otherwise, he wouldn't have won the Pulitzer Prize and he wouldn't have been the senior art critic at "New York" magazine since 2006. It's not fair to compare art criticism to law or medicine. The stakes are a little higher in the latter two professions.

You definitely don't have to be an artist to be a good art critic. An artist can have excellent technical skill but still be mediocre because they can't come up with interesting, original artwork. An art critic can have great taste and be really good at evaluating art. You don't have to actually build buildings to be good at judging if a building is a good piece of architecture or an eyesore. Saltz actually was a somewhat successful artist until his late 20s when he became paralyzed with self-doubt and changed careers.

Someone can be an art history graduate but they might have been a mediocre student, only good at repeating what their professors said in class, but not having any interesting, original insights into what an artwork might mean. Or a student might have had very mediocre professors.

A certain section of the population will always be interested in what some prestigious critics think. Their reviews are a starting point for debate. No one is under the impression that these critics are infallible and these lists do change over time. I like looking at BFI's list of the greatest films of all time, even though some of the entries make me scratch my head.

And yes, you're right. Some movies, artists and musicians are critic proof and are big commerical successes despite bad reviews. Nothing wrong with that. Sometimes a movie or song or work of art can be very fun and entertaining without saying anything profound about the human condition.

by Anonymousreply 167March 5, 2023 7:02 AM

Another vote for Apollo and Daphne by Bernini.

The instant Daphne transforms into a tree to elude Apollo is captured in such transient delicacy, the fragile leaves and twigs, the hair, the legs, carved from stone is awesome.

by Anonymousreply 168March 5, 2023 7:07 AM

I was always quit fond of the "Big Boy" standing guard at [italic] Bob's Big Boy Restaurant.

by Anonymousreply 169March 5, 2023 7:07 AM

Big Boy is the Winged Nike of Samothrace, of SoCal.

by Anonymousreply 170March 5, 2023 7:09 AM

This, of course

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by Anonymousreply 171March 5, 2023 7:42 AM

Whoa, R171. Both are inspiring. I'd like to get a closer look at the one on the right. Great choice.

by Anonymousreply 172March 5, 2023 7:54 AM

R172: that’s Jarrod @jarrodscott, a very masculine Aussie model

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by Anonymousreply 173March 5, 2023 8:08 AM

Thanks, R173. Unbelievably perfect body. Love the beautifully defined muscles.

by Anonymousreply 174March 5, 2023 8:10 AM

[quote}Who cares about what any art critic has to say about art. The point of art, it can be enjoyed by anyone.

Some people want to know what the New York Times or the Michelin Guide think are the best restaurants in the city. Others really don't care. It's the same thing with art.

by Anonymousreply 175March 5, 2023 8:24 AM

Kazuko Miyamoto

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by Anonymousreply 176March 5, 2023 8:23 PM

Orlando Furioso (showing off his assets) by Jean Bernard Duseigneur

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by Anonymousreply 177March 5, 2023 8:34 PM

Shirtless guys showing their pecs.

Actually, the real subject is much more somber. These are statues of four captives from the pedestal of the equestrian statue of Henry IV on the Pont Neuf. The sculptor was Pietro Francavilla.

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by Anonymousreply 178March 5, 2023 9:51 PM

Statue of Perseus in Ujazdowski Park in Warsaw

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by Anonymousreply 180March 6, 2023 3:51 PM

Turning the World Inside Out II by Anish Kapoor

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by Anonymousreply 181March 8, 2023 3:09 PM

"Veiled Christ", a 1753 marble sculpture by Giuseppe Sanmartino

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by Anonymousreply 182March 8, 2023 3:17 PM

Metalmorphosis by David Cerny

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by Anonymousreply 183March 8, 2023 3:21 PM

The Awakening, by J. Seward Johnson

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by Anonymousreply 184March 8, 2023 3:21 PM

I like that one, R184. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 185March 8, 2023 3:31 PM

Forever Bicycles by Ai Weiwei

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by Anonymousreply 186March 8, 2023 3:36 PM

This old chestnut. Hermes and the Infant Dionysus

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by Anonymousreply 187March 8, 2023 8:15 PM

Joan Van Ark's face.

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by Anonymousreply 188March 8, 2023 8:31 PM

Lol, R188. That sculptor needs more practice.

by Anonymousreply 189March 8, 2023 9:11 PM

Barberini Hera in Vatican Museums

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by Anonymousreply 190March 9, 2023 3:35 PM

Denis Foyatier's Spartacus and his dramatic facial expression.

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by Anonymousreply 191March 9, 2023 8:27 PM

Oceanus statue at Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate in Pocantico Hills, NY

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by Anonymousreply 192March 10, 2023 9:30 PM

^^^ That’s just a copy of the real one in Florence.

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by Anonymousreply 193March 10, 2023 9:38 PM

Thanks, R193. I didn't know that. I thought it was an original creation.

by Anonymousreply 194March 10, 2023 10:03 PM

Triangular Surface in Space by Max Bill - Kykuit

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by Anonymousreply 195March 10, 2023 10:07 PM

Natura Extensa by Peter Chinni, Kykuit

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by Anonymousreply 196March 10, 2023 10:13 PM

Kykuit is one of the most uninspiring homes of the wealthy open to the public I’ve ever been to. It’s hard to believe that this was built by someone in the same family as Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, though she was supposedly consulted on the design. The best artwork they paid for is the rose window by Matisse and the stain glass windows by Chagall at the Union Church nearby.

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by Anonymousreply 197March 10, 2023 10:15 PM

Swan statues at Kykuit's Tea House.

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by Anonymousreply 198March 10, 2023 10:17 PM

R197, I've been to New York City a bunch of times but I've never been to Kykuit. My older brother did go and he brought me a souvenir book. Judging from the photos, it looks quite nice and I like many of the sculptures in the gardens. I'm surprised you were disappointed. I have heard people say the house is smaller than they expected. Which mansion museums in the northeastern U.S. do you prefer, R197?

You're right. The stained glass window at Union Church is beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 199March 10, 2023 10:33 PM

L'Air by Aristide Maillol

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by Anonymousreply 200March 10, 2023 11:45 PM

R199 Really the standout, and not very well known one is Olana, the home of painter Frederick Church, it is magnificent, especially on a crisp autumn day.

In the same area as Kykuit, is the most pristine example of American Gothic Revival Architecture, Lyndhurst. Some of whose rooms did show up in the Gilded Age tv show. It’s a little worse for the wear and tear, but is magnificent. The nearby home of Washington Irving is modest by comparison, but also a window into a different time nonetheless.

Of course the Gilded Age mansion that nothing can compare to is the Frick Museum, currently under expansion and restoration. Some of the great artworks in the world reside there and it has been left much like the home it was lived in, though the museum conversion did transform some spaces.

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by Anonymousreply 201March 11, 2023 2:02 AM

R118 - We saw many Igor Mitoraj sculptures in Valencia at the City Of Arts And Sciences designed by Calatrava. Loved it.

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by Anonymousreply 202March 11, 2023 3:04 AM

"Spot" by Donald Lipski, at the entrance to a children's hospital in New York City

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by Anonymousreply 203March 11, 2023 7:56 AM

Oh cool, R202. I love Calatrava's architecture in Valencia (only seen photos; never been in person) and the Mitoraj sculptures in your pic.

by Anonymousreply 204March 11, 2023 8:00 AM

Yikes. Definitely not this one but it is memorable.

Duculi by Charles Avery, 2013

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by Anonymousreply 205March 11, 2023 8:40 AM

The Bill Reid Rotunda by Bill Reid Jr

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by Anonymousreply 206March 11, 2023 8:42 AM

Great choice, A Wire Hanger. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 207March 11, 2023 8:46 AM

In 2015 there was an exhibition in the median of Park Avenue of Calatrava’s work, which was one of the best ones they’ve done yet. I almost wished they could have stayed, though I think one of the corporate entities may still have one outside they’re headquarters.

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by Anonymousreply 208March 11, 2023 10:20 AM

R201, New Yorkers are very lucky to have the Frick Collection and the Morgan Library which have survived more or less intact, with the exception of modern additions. I like the exterior of the house and the gardens in Old Westbury Gardens but the interior of the house is quite empty and a bit disappointing. That's probably very common with these old houses, ie. valuable artwork, furniture and decorative objects have been divided up among heirs or sold off a long time ago. I visited Sonnenberg Mansion in Canandaigua, NY because it was recommended by a travel guide. You could tell the house and gardens had been very nice at one time but it was a bit depressing to see all the repairs and restoration work that was needed. I overheard a guide say to a visitor that very few of the furnishings in the house were original. If an old house survives as a museum with valuable artwork, then there's always the possibility of robbery, like the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

I wanted to visit Olana but didn't have time.

I like flashy mansions like Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island 😆. You're probably familiar with it. The ballroom is shown in the link.

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by Anonymousreply 209March 11, 2023 6:12 PM

Group of Four Trees by Jean Dubuffet

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by Anonymousreply 210March 11, 2023 6:33 PM

Relief on stairs of Bethesda Terrace in New York's Central Park.

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by Anonymousreply 211March 11, 2023 6:43 PM

who do u think did ths

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by Anonymousreply 212March 12, 2023 9:00 AM


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by Anonymousreply 213March 12, 2023 9:00 AM

live demo

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by Anonymousreply 214March 12, 2023 9:01 AM

do u think they swallowed

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by Anonymousreply 215March 12, 2023 9:02 AM

The monumental Motherland Calls in Volgograd, Russia.

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by Anonymousreply 216March 12, 2023 9:10 AM

One possibility is that the wood carving of the man showing his genitals was made by a carpenter who wanted to get revenge because he was very unhappy with the payment he got. The stone mason who carved the gargoyle of the man showing his butt on Freiburg Cathedral might have had the same motivation.

by Anonymousreply 217March 12, 2023 9:40 AM

Very posh sculptures, Posho.

by Anonymousreply 218March 12, 2023 10:00 AM

Marie Barone's abstract vagina on "Everybody Loves Raymond".

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by Anonymousreply 219March 12, 2023 10:06 AM

thank u

by Anonymousreply 220March 12, 2023 10:07 AM

That sculpture is even funnier now that it's been posted for the third time on this thread, R219. Thank you so much.

by Anonymousreply 221March 12, 2023 10:12 AM

You're welcome, R221! Also, I'm not going to read the previous 218 posts.

I paid my $1.99, and I'll post what I want and when I want.

Shove it.

by Anonymousreply 222March 12, 2023 10:17 AM

You're very polite for a lawyer, R222. Thank you.

by Anonymousreply 223March 12, 2023 10:22 AM


by Anonymousreply 224March 12, 2023 10:26 AM

Does anyone hv video recordings of R222 at work, especially at the court, arguing with the judges n the juries

by Anonymousreply 225March 12, 2023 10:29 AM

What kind of britspeak is that at R225?

by Anonymousreply 226March 12, 2023 10:31 AM

R226- R223 said R222 is a lawyer

by Anonymousreply 227March 12, 2023 10:39 AM

yes, I know. I am R222. And R226.

I assumed R225 was from the UK. Thus, my comment.

So, are U K, hon?

by Anonymousreply 228March 12, 2023 10:44 AM

R228- no, sorry

by Anonymousreply 229March 12, 2023 10:46 AM

you had me and then you lost me

by Anonymousreply 230March 12, 2023 10:49 AM

Sphinx on a tower of Paris's Hotel de Ville

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by Anonymousreply 231March 13, 2023 7:54 AM

Relief plaque with a ram's head, ancient Egypt --- Metropolitan Museum of Art

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by Anonymousreply 232March 19, 2023 7:03 AM

Meleager statue, radiating sexiness. Vatican Museums

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by Anonymousreply 233April 12, 2023 2:38 AM

Laocoon and his Sons

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by Anonymousreply 234April 12, 2023 3:02 AM

Bernini is one of the greatest. Here is his Ecstasy of Saint Teresa of Avila

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by Anonymousreply 235April 12, 2023 3:08 AM

Seated Cardinal by Giacomo Manzu

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by Anonymousreply 236April 12, 2023 3:36 AM

Is that Saint Anal Lingus?

by Anonymousreply 237April 12, 2023 5:22 AM

Just for perspective

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by Anonymousreply 238April 12, 2023 5:27 AM

Not a saint I'm familiar with, R237. The cardinal's mitre does look phallic though.

by Anonymousreply 239April 12, 2023 7:27 PM

Gemma Augustea

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by Anonymousreply 240April 12, 2023 9:48 PM

Alexander the Great from workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

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by Anonymousreply 241April 21, 2023 12:28 AM

R241 - Thanks for sharing this magnificent piece with us, but that isn't a sculpture - it's a frieze.

by Anonymousreply 242April 21, 2023 7:14 AM

Friezes are sculpted. They aren't drawn.

by Anonymousreply 243April 21, 2023 7:24 AM

It's a bas relief, R242, which wikipedia says is sculpture.

by Anonymousreply 244April 21, 2023 7:25 AM

Okay, R243 and R244. If they are sculptures, then why do they fall under other names, like "Bas Relief" or "Frieze"? Ergo, they are NOT sculptures, but other forms of art (as beautiful as they may be . . . )

by Anonymousreply 245April 21, 2023 8:55 AM

Wikipedia doesn't lie, R245.

I imagine you use the same sculpting tools to make a bas relief as a sculpture in the round.

by Anonymousreply 246April 21, 2023 11:30 AM

Horses of the Hippodrome of Constantinople, possibly created in antiquity and fought over ever since. Snatched by the Venetians in 1204, then taken from them by Napoleon in 1797 before being returned to San Marco in 1815 after his defeat. They are back on display inside the basilica (there are replicas mounted on the facade where the originals once stood).

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by Anonymousreply 247April 21, 2023 2:03 PM

Great choice, R247. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 248April 21, 2023 2:29 PM

The Dragon of Borrego Springs.


Huge sculpture sitting out there in the empty desert, where loops of dragon stretch for a city block, across the road. It's a well-done sculpture, that uses the landscape in a unique and wonderful way. Definitely stop by, if you ever have some Earthy reason to be in Borrego Springs.

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by Anonymousreply 249April 23, 2023 5:09 AM

Statue of a Pouring Satyr - Getty Villa

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by Anonymousreply 250April 23, 2023 6:55 AM

Saint George by Donatello

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by Anonymousreply 251April 23, 2023 2:04 PM

Actually, when we had our tour of the Vatican, I decided that my favorite sculpture for all time is the Pieta'. If you just stand there and study it, it is raw and powerful and very emotional. I'm not religious. I was viewing it as just art without a religious connotation. It said, "They killed my son..."

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by Anonymousreply 252April 23, 2023 2:13 PM

It is remarkable, R252.

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by Anonymousreply 254April 23, 2023 2:21 PM

That is a masterpiece, R254 😆. It should be in one of the world's great museums.

by Anonymousreply 255April 23, 2023 2:22 PM

One of the things that struck me about the Pieta' was that Michelangelo portrays Mary as rather young. But this piece is so lifelike you half expected it to move. I later found out that was one of his favorite subjects and he sculpted it in various forms repeatedly. People talk about his Sistine Chapel frescoes and yet it was his sculptures that were remarkable, IMO. I guess he was that rarity who could do it all.

by Anonymousreply 256April 23, 2023 2:28 PM

Who is this man and what is he wearing?

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by Anonymousreply 257April 25, 2023 1:08 AM

The sculpture was made in 1925 by Albert Jaeger for the Minnesota State Capitol. I can't find too much info about it.

If those are just breeches on the man, they sure look weird in the crotch area 😄.

by Anonymousreply 258April 25, 2023 2:01 AM

The German Pioneer is horny and he's being tempted from his farm work by the near-nude, muscled satyr.

by Anonymousreply 259April 25, 2023 2:04 AM

I love David and his normal looking peen and balls. He is my ideal.

by Anonymousreply 260April 25, 2023 2:16 AM

David's head is unnaturally large.

But I'm told it had to be large because most viewers were looking at it from 14 feet away.

by Anonymousreply 261April 25, 2023 2:21 AM

Maybe I've already posted it earlier in this thread but I get a kick out of Albert Jaegers sculptural group "Military Instruction" on the Steuben Monument in Lafayette Park in Washington D.C.

I can't help thinking of a homoerotic daddy-twink relationship when I see it.

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by Anonymousreply 262April 25, 2023 2:31 AM

Yes, R261. Originally David was supposed to be placed on a higher position on the exterior of Florence's cathedral. Michelangelo made David's head larger so it would have the right impact from that high position.

by Anonymousreply 263April 25, 2023 2:35 AM

I get a kick out of R262, too.

But do you think that fig leaf was sculpted 'in situ'

by Anonymousreply 264April 25, 2023 3:02 AM

The headless tit bird at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario.

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by Anonymousreply 265April 25, 2023 3:22 AM


Grotesque. An offence against nature.

by Anonymousreply 266April 25, 2023 3:23 AM

Good question, R264. It looks like the fig leaf was added on.

I assumed Washingtonians would be prudish about male nudity and there wouldn't be any statues without a fig leaf from the 19th and early 20th century but I did find this figure from the Court of Neptune fountain close to the Library of Congress. Then again, his penis and testicles aren't sculpted in the same obvious way as Michelangelo's David.

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by Anonymousreply 267April 25, 2023 4:46 AM

Yup, it looks like the tritons, or whatever they are, on either side of Neptune are anatomically correct too.

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by Anonymousreply 268April 25, 2023 4:51 AM

This antipodean Apollo has a tiny penis

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by Anonymousreply 269April 25, 2023 4:59 AM

Very nice statue, R269. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 270April 25, 2023 5:05 AM

^ His hips are too slim.

by Anonymousreply 271April 25, 2023 5:06 AM

You're right, R271. The sides of his torso are too straight but he's still aesthetically pleasing.

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by Anonymousreply 272April 25, 2023 5:11 AM

The sprays of water behind him form a fan shape like something by Erté.

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by Anonymousreply 273April 25, 2023 5:21 AM

I'm also a big fan of. Erté's drawings. We have the same taste, R273.

by Anonymousreply 274April 25, 2023 5:23 AM

I'd prefer an Apollo who looked like a man rather than a chorus girl from the 'Folies-Bergere'.

(BTW I once saw Chris Hemsworth lingering around this statue many years ago now)

by Anonymousreply 275April 25, 2023 5:27 AM

Statue of nude youth by Josef Müllner in Vienna's Volksgarten

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by Anonymousreply 276April 25, 2023 5:40 AM

David is such a beautiful image of the penis resting on the balls. I love it.

by Anonymousreply 277April 25, 2023 6:03 AM

[quote](BTW I once saw Chris Hemsworth lingering around this statue many years ago now)

Sanjay, you live in Winnipeg. You've never been to Australia 😆.

by Anonymousreply 278April 25, 2023 6:15 AM

[quote]The German Pioneer is horny and he's being tempted from his farm work by the near-nude, muscled satyr.

I don't know what century the pioneers are supposed to be from but you'd think they'd be able to choose a material and make it thick enough so that a guy's willy wouldn't be clearly defined, instead of making some kind of loose sack-like thing around his crotch.

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by Anonymousreply 279April 25, 2023 6:56 AM

18th century clothes are different from ours. Hand-sewn clothing was more fragile than ours.

They used sashes and shawls instead of belts and buttons.

by Anonymousreply 280April 25, 2023 7:26 AM

I don't know. Alexander Hamilton looks fine. Maybe there's a class difference in tailoring and the quality of the materials they could afford.

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by Anonymousreply 281April 25, 2023 7:31 AM

Bronze statue of an aristocratic boy - Metropolitan Museum of Art

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by Anonymousreply 282April 25, 2023 8:07 PM

Isis and Wepwawet at the Met

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by Anonymousreply 283April 25, 2023 10:49 PM

Pendant with the Name of King Osorkon II - Louvre

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by Anonymousreply 284April 25, 2023 10:54 PM

The Three Graces by Pradier

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by Anonymousreply 285April 25, 2023 10:58 PM

Oceanus from the Trevi Fountain

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by Anonymousreply 286April 28, 2023 6:47 AM

Paolina Borghese by Canova

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by Anonymousreply 287May 3, 2023 12:27 AM

Car of History by Carlo Franzoni

National Statuary Hall of U.S. Capitol

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by Anonymousreply 288May 14, 2023 2:45 AM

Bust of Caracalla in Louvre

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by Anonymousreply 289May 16, 2023 4:45 PM

That's wonderful, R289.

by Anonymousreply 290May 16, 2023 5:03 PM

Thanks, R290. Not a classically handsome guy but sexy in his own rugged way. Similar busts in museums all over the world.

by Anonymousreply 291May 16, 2023 5:06 PM

Blackfeet 'Beaverhead' Medicine Man by Helen Granger Young, a porcelain sculpture created in 1969

I mention this sculpture because of the controversy it has created where I live. It has been in the office of the premier of Manitoba for decades. It has been recently criticised by Gerald McMaster, a professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design, as an example of cultural appropriation. The sculptor was not native and she came up with the design of the piece by doing research and studying photographs in national and provincial archives and galleries and the Smithsonian Institution. Now the piece will be removed from public display.

I agree that it is a bit concerning that a sculpture of a native subject is not done by a native artist but, as far as I know, there is nothing offensive about the way the medicine man is depicted. I don't think it's necessary to remove it from public display. I think the high bar of political correctness that public art is subjected to these days is getting really tiresome. It seems that you have to cater to the most sensitive person in your community. Unfortunately, it's easier to remove the work of art than try to defend yourself against accusations of racism.

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by Anonymousreply 292May 17, 2023 1:38 AM

The details of the controversy. To me it's a tempest in a teapot.

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by Anonymousreply 293May 17, 2023 1:40 AM

Ancient Greek grave stele with a family group - The Met

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by Anonymousreply 294May 23, 2023 2:56 AM

Holy Family, anonymous, ca. 1770 - Louvre

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by Anonymousreply 295May 26, 2023 1:19 AM

My favorite . . .

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by Anonymousreply 296May 26, 2023 2:31 AM
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by Anonymousreply 297May 26, 2023 2:32 AM

That is inspiring, R296. I guess you'd have to put a sheet over it when your parents come over.

by Anonymousreply 298May 26, 2023 2:44 AM

R296, I guess that's "Penis Wall" by Jamie McCartney, which sells for £7,950.

by Anonymousreply 299May 26, 2023 3:08 AM

Scary Lucy. So misunderstood.

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by Anonymousreply 300May 26, 2023 3:20 AM

The replacement statue is a big improvement but still a little manic and scary. At least it's recognisable as Lucy.

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