Around the world in 15 magnificent sculptures

Around the world in 15 magnificent sculptures

Musement goes around the glove to share 15 of the world’s most famous sculptures.

From Paris to Tokyo to New York to Rio, Musement shares 15 of the world’s most famous sculptures worth seeing at least once in a lifetime.

1. David

An emblem of Florence that extols the civic virtues of the Florentine Republic as well as an indisputable Renaissance masterpiece, Michelangelo’s David, depicted before his fight against Goliath, is visible in the Accademia Gallery.

2. Apollo and Daphne

Inside the Borghese Gallery in Rome stands a Baroque masterpiece: Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne. The sculpture depicts the metamorphosis of Daphne from nymph to laurel tree by her father, Zeus, to escape the never-ending advances of Apollo.

3. The Rape of Proserpina, Rome

This sculpture, another must-see at the Borghese Gallery, was sculpted by the same hands as Apollo and Daphne and represents the abduction of Proserpina by Pluto, the god of the underworld. The remarkable way that Pluto’s hand sinks into the flesh of Proserpina is sure to give you goosebumps.

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4. The Great Sphinx of Giza

The iconic Sphinx stands near the Pyramids of Giza just outside of Cairo, its pharaoh head facing the rising sun.

5. The Thinker

This bronze sculpture is Rodin’s most famous and can be found at his namesake museum in Paris.  This nude’s impressive muscles radiate a certain power, and the body, curled like a giant question mark, demonstrates a genuine fragility.

6. Christ the Redeemer

Among the largest symbols of Christianity in the world, this monumental statue of Christ the Redeemer stands on the Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro.

7. The Manneken Pis

At the corner of Rue du Chêne and Rue de l’Étuve (Oak and Steam Room streets)
flows a fountain called Manneken-Pis, a brazen little boy just over 20 inches tall who is an icon in Brussels. Inhabitants customize his outfit for big occasions. The original statue is kept at the Museum of the City of Bruxelles.

8. The Moai

These mysterious giants on Easter Island standing with their backs to the sea never cease to fascinate.

9. Aphrodite (Venus of Milo)

Discovered in 1820 on the island of Milo, this mutilated Greek goddess, with over 6 feet of mysterious, haunting beauty, is preserved in the Louvre.

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Milo Venüsü. MÖ 100. Antik Yunan heykel sanatının en ünlü örneklerinden birisi olan bu mermer heykel, 203 cm boyundadır. 1820 yılında Yunanistan’ın Milos Adası’nda bulunmuştur ve XVIII. Louis tarafından Fransa’ya getirilmiştir. Bu tanrıçanın zarif heykeli keşfinden bu yana herkesi büyülemeye devam ediyor. Genellikle yarı çıplak olarak tasvir edilen Afrodit mi, yoksa Melos adasında saygı gören deniz tanrıçası Amfitrit mi olduğu şüpheli. Heykel, geç Helenistik Dönem boyunca yapılan heykel çalışmalarını yansıtıyor: spiral kompozisyon, mekandaki konumlandırma ve kumaşın kalçalar üzerine düşmesi gibi yenilikçi özelliklere sahip. _____________________ Venus de Milo. 100 BC. This graceful statue of a goddess has intrigued and fascinated since its discovery on the island of Melos in 1820. Is it Aphrodite, who was often portrayed half-naked, or the sea goddess Amphitrite, who was venerated on Melos? The statue reflects sculptural research during the late Hellenistic Period: classical in essence, with innovatory features such as the spiral composition, the positioning in space, and the fall of the drapery over the hips. #arkeofili #arkeoloji #archaeology #venusdemilo #milovenüsü #louvremuseum

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10. Winged Victory of Samothrace

Another Greek sculpture of the Hellenistic period in the Louvre, the Winged Victory of Samothrace is just as famous and mysterious as the Venus de Milo.

11. The Statue of Liberty

Standing on Liberty Island, the Statue of Liberty in New York needs no introduction.

12. The Little Mermaid

Inspired by Andersen’s tale and representing Denmark’s connection to the sea, Edvard Eriksen’s statue of the Little Mermaid sits on the Copenhagen waterfront.

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13. The Pietà

A weeping and especially young Virgin Mary, a symbol of purity, holds a young Jesus on her lap, foreshadowing his death: this is Michelangelo’s Pietà. This major Renaissance piece stands amid other Vatican treasures inside St. Peter’s Basilica.

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La Pietà di San Pietro è uno dei più celebri capolavori dello scultore Michelangelo. Qui il Maestro fiorentino si mette subito in mostra il suo talento, infatti viene incaricato a soli 23 anni di scolpire il gruppo marmoreo rappresentante la Pietà. La Vergine è una fanciulla col volto appena velato di tristezza che sorregge amorevolmente il corpo di suo figlio Gesù, anch’egli ugualmente giovane. La giovinezza della Vergine sta ad indicarne la purezza. Per ottenere questa perfezione Michelangelo utilizza il metodo “per via di levare” che consisteva nel rompere il blocco compatto con lo scalpello battuto ed eliminando via le schegge; lui, infatti, trova errato il metodo “per via di porre”, cioè aggiungendo materia a materia, usato da molti del suo tempo. (📷: @lucygobbi ) #italianarts #italianart #italianart_ #italianartist #pieta #pietàdimichelangelo #michelangelo #vaticano #basilicadisanpietro #roma #rome #arteitaliana

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14. The Capitoline Wolf

Did you realize that this sculpture from the Middle Ages didn’t include Romulus and Remus until the Renaissance? The Capitoline Wolf has become Mater Romanorum and depicts the legend of the founding of Rome. You can see it at Rome’s Capitoline Museums.

15. Maman

Alright, it’s not there one of the most famous sculptures in the world but we want to finish this article with a nod. So, here’s our special dedication to Stranger Things fans. Maman (mom in French), a major piece of Louise Bourgeois, is currently visible at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The spider also graced the Tate Modern in London (which commissioned it) and the Museum of Fine Arts of Ottawa before creeping over to the Mori Museum in Tokyo.

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