May 2013


Art is amazing in so many different ways. Taking a step past the aesthetics,  art transcends time, seizing what life looked like before advent of the camera. Jean-Antoine Houdon was a master sculptor and a fine example of an artist capturing a moment in time.

Houdon was a preeminent sculptor during the Enlightenment. He influence was diverse in naturalism, the art of antiquity, and the Baroque. The combination of these styles made his work stand out from his peers. Houdon was responsible for many great portraits of political, intellectual, military figures of his time. Without these pieces the world would be deprived a clear image of his subjects. The famous people Houdon portrayed in his sculptures include Benjamin Franklin, Marie Antoinette, Voltaire, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.

Through Statue.com, you too can own a piece of history. Our Houdon busts come in many different finishes; sure to look beautiful in any home, gallery or library.

 

Voltaire

“What a marvel it is! It is the personification of Malice. See! His sidelong glance seems watching some adversary. Voltaire has the pointed nose of a fox. You can see it quiver! And the mouth – what a triumph! It is framed by two furrows of irony. It seems to mumble sarcasms” ~The Great Sculptor Rodin

Benjamin Franklin

No other sculptor quite captured Benjamin Franklin like Houdon

George Washington

The George Washington six-inch marble finish polystone bust pays tribute to the first president of the United States.

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The famous sculptor we asked you to name is none other then Antonio Canova (1757-1822). Canova is known to be the greatest sculptor of his time throughout Europe. Both his father and grandfather were stone cutters and helped develop Canova’s trade. As soon as he could hold a pencil, he executed drawings under the guidance of his grandfather.  In 1780, Canova moved to Rome, Italy. It was here, he grew into his own as an artist and established his fame. Canova illustrated the Romantic Classicism that was so valued at the time, he created daring images of seductive elegance and form. Both the supple figures and tactful features of his work recalled the earlier Rococo, with its charm and realism, but he was firmly Neoclassic in his approach.

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Psyche Revived by Cupids Kiss was commissioned in 1787 and acquired by Joachim Murat in 1800, and entered the Louvre in 1824, two  years after Canova’s death.

Canova seduced the whole of Europe with his mythological compositions in which the purity of contours was used to portray a discrete eroticism. In the area of portraiture he was the absolute champion of idealization. He displayed a sensibility both to naturalism and to the early Renaissance, opening the way to two dominant trends at the beginning of the century: skilled realism and historical subject matter. These Canova sculptures will make a wonderful decor for your gallery or make a wonderful gift of historical and classical statuary.

No cheating! Name that sculptor…

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He is from the Republic of Venice…

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Famous for his work with marble…

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Check back tomorrow for more information!

Statue.com offers a host of smaller sized statues and sculptures that would suit perfectly for trophies, awards and gifts.

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Eagles are symbols of strength and freedom and would be excellent for a military achievement or retirement.

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For companies looking to reward innovation and ingenuity the Thinker by Rodin would be a great token for their employees’ effort.

Golf Trophy

Warmer weather means golf scramble season upon us. This is Golf Ball Trophy Sculpture is the perfect hole-in-one for that ace golfer.

We have always heard the old adage “dog is man’s best friend” but “statue’s best friend” is a new one to us! Love it!

Socrates the Gargoyle Thinker

Socrates has a rather mischievous look. What do you think is on his mind?

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