Mythology


Let’s hear your thoughts! Who do you think would win an epic duel between Hercules vs. Achilles?

Farnese Hercules Large Statue

Farnese Hercules Large Statue

It’s no wonder Hercules is portrayed to the point of exhaustion in this sculpture, The Farnese Hercules Statue. Famously Hercules had a huge ‘to-do’ list, known as the “Twelve Labors.” Make no mistake Hercules was no hero to mess with. Among those “Twelve Labors” was slaying a ferocious tiger which makes him a tough contender in our Mythological Duel.  The Farnese Hercules Statue was sculpted circa 330 B.C. and is now located in Museo Nazionale, Naples. This replica is from the Curators Collection: direct cast of a museum original. Cast in quality designer resin from a museum original, it is finished to replicate weathered stone, adding sophisticated style to your home or garden gallery.

Achilles Sculptural Bust 17" High

Achilles Sculptural Bust 17″ High

Achilles was the bravest of all Greeks as told in the stories of the Trojan Wars. Mythology portrays Achilles as powerful, cruel and arrogant, given to violent outbursts of temper. Nevertheless, to many he was a symbol of youth and bravery who was doomed to an early but glorious death, a hero of epic dimensions. Of course we all know his only weakness that lead to his demise, his heel. Achilles Sculptural Bust is made of bonded stone here in our Statue.com artisan work shop and is a Statue.com exclusive.

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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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Did you know Gargoyles can be traced back much further then the popular medieval notion? Gargoyles were used in Ancient Egyptian, Etruscan, Roman and Grecian architecture, commonly adorning structures in the form of lion heads. Medieval, Gothic gargoyles were not seen until after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. These Gargoyles were usually creatures carved out of stone with distorted faces or a mixture of different animals know as Chimeras. Churches often used Gargoyles to convey a message of good and evil. They were also said to ward off evil spirits. The most well known example would be Notre Dame de Paris. Notre Dame’s Gargoyles are not only aesthetic but functional too.

Gargoyles also serve a greater purpose then just cool ornamental structures. Their main function is to divert water off of buildings, alleviating masonry from water damage. In fact, the Italian phrase for gargoyle “gronda sporgente” translates to “protruding gutter.” Grotesque is the term used to describe ornamental stone figures that do not convey water. The use of Gargoyles faded out during the early eighteenth century when downspouts became commonplace. The British Parliament even passed an act in 1724, requiring all new construction to use downspouts. The need for government intervention is attributed to Gargoyles falling from buildings and causing damage.

Gargoyles may not have a common place in modern architecture but we think they add character to any home or garden. After all this guy is pretty lovable… acnsndg13

For years people and even scientists have tried to solve have the Giant Easter Island of the Moai Sculptures arrived at their destination. These statues had to be move 11 miles away from a quarry where they where carved, and did not use wheels, cranes or large animals.

Scientist has had May ideas and they had thought the islanders use ropes, log roller and wooden sledges.  Recently two archaeologist came up with a new theory that the Moai where made to move upright using only rope to make the statues walk or should I say walk?  As seen in the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YpNuh-J5IgE

University of Hawaii and California State University Long Beach have worked closely with these archaeologist Sergio Rapu, who’s part of the South Pacific island’s population of indigenous Rapanui, to develop their idea.  D-shaped bases could have allowed workers to roll and rock the moai side to side and walk it 11 Miles. Pretty cool and love the video of the theory in action. So do you think the Easter Island statues walked? Or do you have your own theory?

Check out our replicas of these Easter Island Sculptures at www.Statue.com or click on the photo.Image

 

 

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Seems like the Classical Statue fall away in the younger generation but if they have traveled to Europe they find a new found love of Art History. Working in the statuary business it always interest me in finding out something new in a Classical Historical sculpture such as this Faun playing Scabellum in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence Graeco-Roman statue. This striking version of the dancing satyrs, Pan, of Greek mythology has a completely human form. The Roman version of the dancing satyrs is called the dancing faun. In Greek mythology the dancing satyrs is known for his dancing, singing, laughter and chasing nymphs through the woods. Greek Mythology Satyrs the Dancing Satyrs was called Pan or Hylaeos, the forest god and guardian of the shepherds who worshipped Dionysus, the god of wine. Statues of the dancing satyrs range from a human form with the head and legs of a goat to a normal human form. The dancing satyrs, Pan, were the son of Hermes and Penelope, and born inArcady. The Dancing Satyrs was at home in the woods and enjoyed chasing the woodland nymphs. Pan would play the pipes and the nymphs would spend hours dancing and singing. Satyrs are always present at a Dionysus banquet or party, Dionysus was the Greek god of wine and ecstasy. The story of how Pan invented the pan pipes, which is similar to the pan flute, is an interesting mythological story. Pan was a joyful Satyr who loved dancing and playing on the shepherd’s pipe in the woods. One day Pan saw the nymph Syrinx and started after her. She ran until she came to a river. Syrinx turned into one of the reeds that lined the bank of the river. Pan could not recognize her so he grabbed a hand full of reeds hoping he could capture Syrinx, but he was unable to locate her. So Pan sat down beside the river and started tying the reeds together and soon he found that blowing over the ends made a beautiful sound, and it became known as the Pipes of Pan or a Seven Reed Shepherds Pipe. Faun is shown here playing the Scabellum which is a musical clapper that is operated by foot as depicted in the Greek and Roman Antiquities here with this Faun Sculpture. For years I have been selling this sculpture and knew what was under his foot! Now I know it is a musical Instrument. Not sure how it worked but it awesome to see I can find out something new from a Classic Sculpture I been selling for years. We at Statue.com have been provide Classical Sculptures since 1996 on the internet and it fun to find out new info on our statuary and Blog it!

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Venus of Willendorf

One of the most famous early images of a human is the “Venus of Willendorf” found in 1908 by archaeologist Josef Szombathy in an Aurignacian loess deposit in a terrace above the Danube River near the town of Willendorf Austria.  The statuette is carved from oolitic limestone not local to the area found and tinted with red ochre.  It is presumed to be carved elsewhere using flint tools. 

Originally thought to date from approximately 15,000 to 10,000 BC, a revised analysis done in 1990 estimates the carving to date from 24,000 to 22,000 BC.  It stands at just over 4 1/2 inches and seem to be meant to hold in one’s hand since she is lacking feet to stand upright. 

Taking the name “Venus” causes resistance in some modern analyses.    Many similar female statuette and images are collectively referred to as “Venus” figures although they pre-date the mythological figure of the goddess Venus by millennia.  This idealization of the female figure has traits of fatness and fertility that may have been highly desirable in the harsh ice-age environment in which the person who made this statue lived. 

It has been suggested that she was carved as a fertility idol due to the exaggerated breasts and genital areas.  She may also have been an early portrayal of “Mother Earth” and prominent female deity.  Unlike today, women in the Paleolithic society must have played a more dominant role.  The figurines and images of women are outnumber those of men supporting this theory.

Do you have any thoughts regarding this wonderful sculptural representation of our early cultural heritage?  Please send us your comments.  We would love to hear from you!

facial features of the David

facial features of David

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bust of David
full figure of David
full figure of David

My oldest daughter is blessed to be in Europe right now on an 11 day college Fine Arts trip.  The first email I received from her said:  “Please send more money!” as  reality of the value of  the US dollar versus the Euro ascended upon her.  Of course this request made me smile to myself; so classic was it.

Her email today tells me they have left Paris and are now in Florence. “Saw the David again today. Always a brilliant experience,” she tells me and I hear already the sound of a seasoned world travel.   Of course this makes me smile to myself.

Yes.  “The David“, kind of like Madonna, never needs a second name. At Statue.com we sell this famous statue in various sizes, as a full figure,  as a bust, and even just as parts, ttsh1024which make wonderful design elements for the artist, drawing class, or interior decorator.

Call us at 618- 692-1121 if you need any help in choosing the perfect David for you!

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