Art is so amazing. Art can take so many forms: paintings to architecture to cinema… I’m just mentioning a few. But probably the most beautiful, the most impressive are sculptures. Why do I say this? Well, sculpture demands a real-world vision so the artist engages in three-dimensional art.
I mean, most sculptures take a two-dimensional object and make them three-dimensional. That sure ain’t easy. That means, every time you’re in the presence of a sculpture, whether it’s in a museum, or outside in a park or the street, that sculpture is sharing the three-dimensional space as you do. You’re both cohabiting in the same space. Think about that.
Meanwhile, let me show you the 10 most famous sculptures in the world. Get ready to let your mind blow with these astonishing pieces of art.
10. Spider – Louise Bourgeois
Spider was created in 1996 by the French artist Louise Bourgeois. The artist got inspired by his mother’s job. She was a tapestry restorer, and in honor of her, he made this art series calling it Spider, for he considered her mother to be a kind of spider with her constant spinning webs. Spider has numerous versions, all of them different in size. Some of them are huge.
9. The Burghers Of Calais – Auguste Rodin
Auguste Rodin is often known for his most famous sculpture The Thinker -which is of course part of this list-, but now we’ll get to know another beautifully astonishing sculpture of his. The Burghers of Calais was created somewhere between 1885-1894. It represents the six elder men who offered themselves for execution during the Hundred Year’s War, in exchange for sparing the rest of the town. I don’t know you guys, but I see the sculpture and immediately get goosebumps.
8. The Discus Thrower – Myron
The discus thrower, also known as Discobolus, was a bronze statue created by the Attic sculptor Myron of Eleutherae. It is estimated to have been made around 450 BC. It was 5 ft (1.55 meters) high. Sadly, what we see today are only marble copies since the bronze original was lost. You can see copies of Discobolus in the British Museum or in the Museo Nazionale Romano.
7. Bronze David – Donatello
The Bronze David is a bronze statue made by the Italian sculptor Donatello somewhere around 1440 BC. It was inspired by the biblical hero David. It caused a great sensation back in his time, for the statue was nude. Because it had passed many years since no sculptor made a statue completely nude. You can find it in the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence.
6. Hermes And The Infant Dionysus – Anonymous
Hermes and the Infant Dionysus is an ancient Greek sculpture whose author remains still a mystery. Some Art Historians attribute this sculpture to the Greek artist Praxiteles for this piece has some marks of the Praxitelean style. It is estimated to be from the 4th century BC. However, these are all assumptions.
5. Lady Justice – Hans Gieng
Lady Justice is the personification of the law. It represents, as its name states, justice. It was originally inspired by the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis and Maat. Hans Gieng, a Renaissance sculptor is the original author of the blindfold sculpture back in the 15th century. Her image can be found worldwide, especially in courthouses.
4. The Thinker – Auguste Rodin
We finally got to Auguste Rodin’s most famous piece of art: The Thinker, originally titled Le Penseur. It was made in bronze in 1881. The masterpiece shows a muscular male figure completely nude sitting on a rock. His head is resting on one hand representing deep thought he’s submerged in. The whole sculpture often represents philosophy.
3. David – Michelangelo
You didn’t think we’d go over this list without mentioning Michelangelo, did you? The David is one of this sculptor’s masterpieces and maybe the most iconic work of Art History. The David was made somewhere between 1501-1504. It is made out of marble and weighs around 6 tons.
2. Bust Of Nefertiti – Anonymous
The Bust of Nefertiti dates back to 1345 BC. It was found within the ruins of Amarna, Egypt. It belongs to Ancient Egypt. Although there’s not much we know about Nefertiti, we know she was Pharaoh Akhenaten’s wife. Historians believed she even ruled for a while after her husband passed away. Some Egyptologists believe she might have been Tutankhamun’s mother. This bust was found in her tomb. It is made of limestone and it is believed that it was made by Thutmose, the pharaoh’s sculptor.
1. Venus Of Willendorf – Anonymous
Probably the oldest sculpture in history, the Venus of Willendorf dates back to 28,000-25,000 BC. This tiny figurine is about four inches (10 cm) in height. It was discovered in Austria in 1908. The author or its original purpose is still unknown. Some scholars believe it represented a fertility goddess. Others believe it might have been used as a masturbation aid. Others support the idea that it was a self-portrait made by a woman. Whatever the truth is, the Venus of Willendorf is one of the most special objects from the Old Stone times.