June 2013


Edgar Degas has always been one of my favorite painters. His ability to capture movement of his favorite subjects, ballet dancers, is parallel to no other artist. Even when not performing his delicate dancers appeared in fluid motion, blending the fierce pride of a ballerina with sharply defined muscles and graceful control.

I did not realize Degas was also a prolific sculptor until I was doing research for different piece for Statue.com. Apparently, his sculpting capabilities were not known to the world until after his death. The only sculpture he publicly unveiled was titled “Fourteen Year Old Little Dancer.” Critics at the time were not-so-nice to Degas’ step away his usual form of Impressionism. After that negative experience he kept his sculptures private. Degas gravitated towards sculpture largely due to his failing eyesight. It is hard to fathom losing the ability to partake in a talent that was once critically acclaimed. To channel those talents in a different way but not receive the same acclaim would be even more heartbreaking.

Dancer Looking at the Sole of Her Right Foot

One hundred and fifty sculptures were found in Degas’ studio upon his death. Nearly all had reached some form of deterioration, made of wax, clay and plastiline. There was much debate as to what to do with the sculptures. Luckily for us, Degas’s heirs granted casts to be made from seventy-two of the figures. Including the sculptures, Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, Dancer Looking at the Sole of Her Right Foot and Grande Arabesque. The sculptures were to be cast in bronze, as we know them today. Their rough from is attributed to the deterioration of his medium but no less beautiful.  It is a shame to think these sculptures could have been lost in time.

By now most of the original works have deteriorated even more. Majority of these sculptures were not completed due to Degas’ indecisiveness. This is a common theme through artists. Michelangelo left a vast amount of work uncompleted. I guess you could say great minds operate alike.

It is hard to deny the beauty of Degas’ sculptures even in their rough unfinished form.  We are very proud to include them in our Statue.com gallery.

Grande Arabesque

To view our gallery of fine statuary, head on over to our website http://www.statue.com. If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website feel free to contact us.

Reach us by phone Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

Send mail to us at: Statue.com, Inc., 100 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025.

We’d love to hear from you!

~Kristen

 

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Admittedly when I see a nice big fountain my first instinct is to go for a swim; especially on hot days such as today. Okay, I realize just how much this is an etiquette faux pas. Fountains are meant to be soothing pieces of aesthetic quality, right?

Roman Wall Fountain Replica

There was a time in history when fountains were way more functional. The Ancient Romans diverted major water ways, creating an empire of water fountains. At one point there were nine aqueducts, 39 monumental fountains and  591 public basins. This is all mind blowing considering the lack of technology we are fortunate to have today. Mainly these fountains were used to provide drinking water. However, a civilization after my own heart, the Romans even built fountains that included large basins for swimming, such as one in Tivoli.

It would not be until later in history did fountains take on the symbolism of pure and holy. When the Middle Ages came around most of the Roman aqueducts fell into disrepair and the fountains cease to be functional. The Church at the time used fountains as a metaphor for life, beauty, wisdom and innocence and attached biblical themes such as The Garden and Eden to the imagery. Fountains were common place in monasteries and other places of high worship.

By time the Renaissance rolled around, there was a drive to revive some of the ancient Roman aqueducts. The Church in Rome commissioned fountains for aesthetic and functional purposes but if we’re honest, it was mainly for aesthetic. With old aqueducts being revived and new ones being built,  in Florence the first ever continually running fountain was built, named the Fountain of Neptune. Fountains at this time grew into so much more then just water sources, but rather the showcasing of wealth and grandeur. It was from this period that the fountains that we know today originated.

At Statue.com, we are proud of our gallery of fountains. While we do not recommend taking a dip in our fountains we do think they add charm, class and relaxation to any landscaping.

To view our gallery of fountains, head on over to our website http://www.statue.com. If you have one in mind but cannot find it on the website feel free to contact us.

Reach us by phone Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

Send mail to us at: Statue.com, Inc., 100 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025.

We’d love to hear from you!

~Kristen

With the first day of summer upon us we thought we would share our top five Statue.com summer favorites.

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Tiki Sculpted Table Set & Stools Bar Height

Summer is not complete without pool parties and BBQ’s. This Tiki Table and Stools would complete any party and be a great conversation piece. A definite summer time party necessity!

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Reproduction of Louis Comfort Tiffany Summer Landscape

One of Tiffany’s favorite themes, the colors in this glass piece catches the essence of summer time.  His landscapes were one of his most beloved productions. This lovely freestanding Summer panel on wood stand would capture light beautifully in any sun-room. Statue.com is particularly proud of this reproduction which captures the subtle hues and luminous quality of the glass interpreted by Tiffany.

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Drinking The Rain Toad Weather Gauge Statue

Summers in our neck-of-the-woods bring on fabulous thundershowers. We love this fun and functional toad sculpted by George Carruth  for our backyard to gauge just how much rain is falling from the sky.  It’s hard to hold back a smile when this little fellow has a mouthful of rain water. A perfect gift for gardeners or anyone else who enjoys keeping an eye on the weather. Display outdoors during the summer, or indoors as a candle holder in the winter.

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Single Daisy Wall Plaque Sculpture

Daisies bring to mind wild open fields and the warmth of summer. Notice this sculpture has an inchworm, butterfly and ladybug to complete a summery meadow scene. The vertical shape of this plaque allows it to fit into any space. This would be a thoughtful gift for a gardener or anyone who enjoys nature.

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Summer Solstice Wall Plaque Sculpture

The warmth of this Summer Solstice Wall Plaque Sculpture will radiate on any pool deck or shine on any garden. No summer would be complete without it! Larger than some of our other sun faces, this fellow really makes a statement, even from a distance. You can’t deny his sunny smile has a memorable charm!

For more ideas to brighten your living space head on over to our website http://www.statue.com. If you have a decor piece in mind but cannot find it on the website feel free to contact us.

Reach us by phone Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

Send mail to us at: Statue.com, Inc., 100 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025.

We’d love to hear from you!

Mary depicted in the Pieta by Michelangelo

Through the course of history the Blessed Virgin Mary has been the famous subject of theologian, mainly catholic, art.  There are many different forms of Marian Art  and while they are appreciated for the aesthetic qualities, the symbolism is woven into The Church’s teachings. Mary has been sculpted by Michelangelo, painted by Botticelli and depicted by lesser known artists too.  Through time central themes developed into the images we know today.

The Assumption

The Assumption of Mary

 

 

 

 

 

In Christianity, the taking up of the Virgin Mary into heaven in body and soul after her death is known as the assumption. According to Roman Catholic and the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” Mary’s passage into heaven is called the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this statue Mary is holding her arms above her head, welcoming God’s glory.

The Immaculate Conception

Sacred Heart of Mary

 

Virgin Mary Sacred Heart symbolizes the immaculate conception. Here Mary is depected showing her pure heart. This statue represents one of the largest and most popular styles of statues within our religious gallery. As the mother of Christ and the most holy lady, the Madonna serves as a symbol of goodness and purity and is universally popular as sign of inspiration.

Mother of God

 

Our Lady Of Fatima

The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared six times to three shepherd children, to the little village of Fatima which had remained faithful to the Catholic Church during the recent persecutions by the government. Our Lady came with a message from God to every man, woman, and child of our century. Our Lady of Fatima promised that the whole world would be in peace, and that many souls would go to Heaven if Her requests were listened to and obeyed. Fatima is a visit by Our Heavenly Mother Mary in our time for our time. It is a Message of concern, a practical plan for world peace, a promise of Heaven.

 

Perpetual Virginity

Pilgrim Virgin Mary

 

This work of art expresses Virgin Mary’s “real and perpetual virginity even in the act of giving birth to Jesus the Son of God made Man.” According to the Catholic Church Mother Mary was ever virgin as Jesus was her only biological son whose conception and birth were considered miraculous.

 

 

 

 

 

As you can derive from our name, Statue.com, we are pretty big into statuary. In fact Statue.com’s co-founder, Gloria has been involved in the statue business her whole life.  You could say the passion runs deep. We are proud of our statuary collection but we are also lovers of other types of art, design and natural beauty. We want to make your living space multifaceted but yet simply gorgeous. This is why our inventory encompasses so much more then just statuary. Using Statue.com you could very easily decorate every room of your home, inside and out.

Green Arrow Mission Lamp

Green Arrow Mission Lamp

Our gallery of decorative lamps bring warmth and light into any room. The styles we offer vary from Traditional Mission to a whimsical Giraffe Floor Lamp. A recent customer favorite have been solar power lighted sculptures, a beautiful accent that magically transforms any garden. For the backyard, we also offer garden torches, perfect for lighting any patio and setting the mood for a summer BBQ.

Starry-Night-By-Van-Gogh-Art-Glass

Starry Night By Van Gogh Art Glass

We also offer a gallery of stained glass, which features replicas of the finest art in the world at affordable prices. Our signature collection features the work of Tiffany Studio, Frank Lloyd Wright and Thomas Kinkaid. These pieces make great windows, door panels or simply as a sun catcher and bring distinguished beauty to any room.

For more decor ideas, head on over to our website http://www.statue.com. If you have a decor piece in mind but cannot find it on the website feel free to contact us at:

By phone Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CT) 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

Send mail to us at: Statue.com, Inc., 100 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025.

We’d love to hear from you!

If there ever were a ‘Renaissance Man,’ Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni would be it. History has proven a man as well versed in architecture, sculpture, poetry, and engineering only requires one notorious name, Michelangelo. He was the first Western artist whose biography was published while he was still alive, a testament to his impact on society. With two skillful hands and a brilliant mind, he left a permanent mark on the world.

Bacchus of Wine by Michelangelo

 Through his twenties Michelangelo was working on his most notable sculptures, showcasing his lasting impact. At the ripe age of 21 he was commissioned to do a piece for Cardinal Raffaele Riario. Upon completion his interpretation of Bacchus of Wine was rejected by the Cardinal. Nonetheless, the statue became apart of Michelangelo’s well known repertoire. Through intricate detail, Michelangelo depicts the physical and mental state of the subject. The backward drooping left shoulder, the listless tilt of the head, the utterly relaxed left arm clasping the bunch of grapes, the belly protruding above unsteady legs, the face transformed by a vacuous gaze, the parted lips, the expressionless features fixed upon the cup which is wearily supported by his right arm, all speak of a mind and body dulled by inebriation. To a classical form Michelangelo has added his own interpretation, displaying a marvelous sensitivity to the expressiveness of the human body. This is a theme that will continue on through the rest of his work.

Full Scale Pieta by Michelangelo

Four years later, Michelangelo was was commissioned to do a life size sculpture of the Virgin Mary holding her son in her arms. It would be the first of four that he would create and the only one he completely finished. The Pieta was to be unveiled in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Jubilee of 1500. In less than two years Michelangelo carved from a single slab of marble, the most magnificent sculpture ever created. Michelangelo decided to create a youthful, serene and celestial Virgin Mary instead of a broken hearted and somewhat older woman. When it was unveiled a proud Michelangelo stood by and watched as people admired the beautiful Pieta. What was pride turned into anger as he overheard a group of people attributing the work to other artists of his time. That anger caused Michelangelo to add one last thing to his sculpture. Going down the sash on the Virgin Mary, Michelangelo carved his name. He later regretted that his emotions got the best of him and vowed to never sign another one of his works again.

David by Michelangelo

A year after the Jubilee Michelangelo would be commissioned to sculpt quite possibly his most famous statue (And a Statue.com favorite). The commission was sponsored by by the Arte della Lana, who were responsible for the upkeep and the decoration of the Cathedral in Florence. For this purpose, he was given a block of marble which Agostino di Duccio had already attempted to fashion forty years previously, perhaps with the same subject in mind. Michelangelo broke away from the traditional way of representing David. He does not present a winner, the giant’s head at his feet and the powerful sword in his hand. Rather, he portrayed the youth as tense with a sense of gathering power immediately preceding the battle. Perhaps he has caught him just in the moment when he has heard that his people are hesitating, and he sees Goliath jeering and mocking them. Michelangelo places him in the most perfect contraposto, as in the most beautiful Greek representations of heroes. The right-hand side of the statue is smooth and composed while the left-hand side, from the outstretched foot all the way up to the disheveled hair is openly active and dynamic. The muscles and the tendons are developed only to the point where they can still be interpreted as the perfect instrument for a strong will, and not to the point of becoming individual self-governing forms. Once the statue was completed, a committee of the highest ranking citizens and artists decided that it must be placed in the main square of the town, in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, the Town Hall. It was the first time since antiquity that a large statue of a nude was to be exhibited in a public place.

Dying Slave by Michelangelo

Dying Slave by Michelangelo

Michelangelo has many other notable sculptural projects that were largely unfinished. The classic statue of the dying slave, expresses the soul’s struggle for freedom. Magnificently sculpted for the tomb of Pope Julius II in 1513. The project was never completed. In 1546, Michelangelo gave this nude male statue along with its companion statue, the Rebellious Slave, to Ruberto Strozzi, who in turn presented them to King Francois I of France.

Michelangelo devoted the middle to end of his career towards painting, architecture and poetry.

My family’s weekend schedule is booked through June and July. My husband and I affectionately call this time of year “Wedding Season.” Let’s be honest here, we generally are not overly creative with our gifts. If the present is for my husband’s buddy, he insists on buying a gift card from a ‘man store’ (think: Best Buy, Home Depot, Low’s etc) because according to him “the Bride receives a million gifts at the bridal shower.” <insert sigh here> Okay. I suppose I am not much better, usually I search for left over registry items and call it a day.

Which begs the question: Aren’t gifts suppose to come from our hearts? Even my cat, Ginny puts more thought into her occasional faux mouse presents she leaves at the foot of our bed.  After thumbing through the Statue.com website, I derived inspiration on two fronts. The first one ended up being this blog. The second is a list of thoughtful gifts from Statue.com for a special  Bride and Groom.

1. Celtic Tree Engraved Plaque

Celtic Tree Engraved Plaque

The symbolism of the tree and the ability to personalize this plaque with the newly wed’s family name makes this a great gift.

2. Grow Old With Me Sundial Brass

Grow Old With Me

On the sundial is a quote from Robert Browning’s beautiful poem “Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.” This polished brass sundial has a knot work design and a beautiful Irish centerpiece, which symbolizes everlasting love.

3. Kiss by Gustav Klimt Art Glass Panel on Wood Display Base

Gustav Klimt Kiss Glass Framed Replica

The powerful bond between man and woman is eloquently illustrated by the renowned 20th-century artist, in this stunning sculpture rendition of The Kiss by Gustav Klimt.

4. Wedding Rings Statue By Peter Lipman-Wulf

Wedding Rings Statue By Peter Lipman-Wulf

Sculpted by an American Contemporary artist Peter Lipman-Wulf. His wife came up with the name of this sculpture “Wedding Rings.” At the time of their wedding they could not afford to give each other wedding rings. The statue’s popularity took off from there. This statue represents there is more to marriage then the traditional physical wedding ring.

5. Embrace a Lovers Sculpture

Embrace A Lovers Sculputre

This sculpture captures the precise moment when there is no turning back from lovers passion. Named Embrace, this amazing sculpture features magnetic draw the eye across every precisely rendered contemporary curve in this gallery-quality, art grade plaster work set apart by a hand finish of Ash. Truly celebrates love’s longing.

Hope you enjoyed the list! ~ Kristen

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You can phone us at 618-692-1121 or Toll-Free at 877-675-2634

Our fax number is 618-692-6775.

You can send mail to us at: Statue.com, Inc., 100 N. Main St. Edwardsville, IL 62025. We’d love to hear from you.