Drawing Casts

 

Nineteenth century art instruction often included the use of sculptural models, known as drawing casts to emphasize the study of form and the visual effect that light and shadow had on these forms. A recent resurgence of interest in the use of these aids to teach art fundamentals has inspired Statue.com to create a set of 10 pristine, geometric shapes. Cast in a durable resin compound and finished in museum white, these solid forms will maintain their crisp edges long after their plaster counterparts have chipped and faded. Statue.com is proud to offer this high quality set as tools of the trade, maintaining the high tradition of a classical art training. Artists, Teachers, Designers and Decorators alike will appreciate the beauty in pure geometry. These shapes may even be displayed as accents of sculptural form and balance. 

 

Apollo Belvedere Mask

Apollo Belvedere Mask

Along with geometric shapes, we offer a fine line of  drawing masks. Like the geometric shapes these masks are  hand finished and special attention has been made to detail , we are casting them the same way that has been done over 100 years ago, using the same art grade plaster as the masters.

We believe this mask to have been taken from one of the original Apollo sculptures. The Apollo Belvedere represents one of the great legacies of Greek art. It was a Roman copy, probably of a bronze original made by the Athenian sculptor Leochares, who worked for Alexander the Great, around 320BC. The Apollo Belvedere was discovered in the late 1400’s near Rome, and has been in the Vatican since 1511, in the Cortile del Belvedere, from which it gets its name.

 

Colossal Foot Left- Drawing Cast

Colossal Foot Left- Drawing Cast

One of our most popular drawing casts is the Colossal Foot. We have reason to believe it is the foot of the Fighting Gladiator or the Borghese Gladiator Sculpture that can be found in The Louvre. The Borghese Gladiator – originally part of the Italian collection whose name it bears – is actually the depiction of a fighting warrior. The detailed sculptural composition of  tendons, muscles and bones makes it a perfect drawing cast. 

To view more drawing casts head on over to our website . If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website, feel free to contact us. Our excellent products coupled with our outstanding customer service ensures Statue.com is the best business for statuary and other fine goods.

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

Email us at sales@statue.com

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

 

Love LoversAhhh Valentines day. What is better than to celebrate a day of love? I know the cynics out there have marked yesterday a Hallmark Holiday. However, Valentine and the associated meaning of romantic love evolved with Chaucer’s poem “Parlement of Foules” in the high Middle Ages, way before the dawn of greeting card companies. The root of Valentines day goes much deeper than giving and receiving cards and other goodies. It is a day celebrating deep love and unbridled passion. In fact I think sculpture captures the love and passion Valentines Day celebrates, perfectly. Below you will find our favorite, most passionate sculptures.

Apollo and Daphne Statue by Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Apollo and Daphne Statue by Gian Lorenzo Bernini

1.) Apollo & Daphne By Gian Lorenzo Bernini Sculpture

Daphne was mountain nymph, with whom Apollo falls in love, having mocked the flimsy darts of Eros compared with his own skill at archery. Eros fires one arrow at him, making him fall passionately in love with Daphne, and another at her which renders her impervious to the god’s persuasion. She flees from him, begging the gods to protect her from his advances, and they turn her into a laurel tree. The myth of Apollo and Daphne is beautiful and captured perfectly by  Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s sculpture.

Cupid and Psyche by Antonio Canova

Cupid and Psyche by Antonio Canova

2.) Cupid and Psyche Bonded Marble Statue by Canova

Canova’s Cupid and Psyche sculpture helped revive classical sculpture in Italy. This depiction of Eros reviving Psyche, who was put to sleep forever by inhaling a magic perfume, is as much an allusion to the legend of Psyche, the immortal soul of Platonic myth, as it is a hymn to love. This statue been called any of these three names: Cupid and Psyche , Eros and Psyche or Love and Psyche. This grand-scale sculpture is imported from Italy and is made of a bonded marble and mounted to a wood base.

Eternal Spring Statue By Rodin

Eternal Spring Statue by Rodin

3.)   Eternal Springtime Statue By Rodin

Auguste Rodin’s sculpture Eternal Springtime is a wonderful example of a neo-classical piece of sculptural art. Rodin, is a French artist, created the piece in the late 1800’s and was roughly twenty six inches high. The sculpture replica of the Eternal Springtime is comprised of two lovers passionately intertwined in each other arms, wrapped in an everlasting embrace. Similar in earlier Classical Greek sculpture, the two lovers are shown in this quality museum statue that shows their passion for each other, thus forming a dynamic composition. The god-like male figure dominates the composition as he forcibly kisses the woman passionately. The woman, in turn, submits to his kiss and succumbs to her innermost desires. The movement of the sculpture suggests that the artist wants to place emphasis on the physical aspect between the two lovers. This is truly a passionate sculpture and will be a great gift or collector piece for your gallery.

I hope these pieces filled you with passion. We are proud to carry many other passionate sculptures within our gallery. Head on over to our website to view our fine gallery of sculptures, fountains and garden accessories.

If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website, feel free to contact us. Our excellent products coupled with our outstanding customer service ensures Statue.com is the best business for statuary and other fine goods.

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

Email us at sales@statue.com

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

Apollo Belvedere Lost Wax Bronze Statue

Have you heard the expression “imitation is the most sincere form of flattery?” Well, the Greeks must have been blushing by the Romans’ flattery in the late fourth century, B.C. The Romans, at the time, were going through a period of wealth and expansion. They were mesmerized by Greek high society and copied their art forms. Among those forms, was sculpture. Don’t get me wrong, Romans produced their own conception of statuary and the like. Often the Romans would take a Greek statue, alter the face or make a change to assimilate the piece of art into their own culture. Over time the sculptures were in such high demand they would be mass produced and lose the meaning the Greeks intended, other then the aesthetic value.

Today, we are grateful for the Roman’s fascination with Greek artwork. Since Greek statuary was mostly in bronze, a good portion of the sculpture was melted down for use of the precious metal. Without Roman reproductions in marble the Greek bronze sculptures would have been lost in time. It is pretty cool to think the Romans preserved sculpture that even predated them by 500 years.

An example of a statue sculpted by the Ancient Greeks and copied by the Romans would be the Apollo Belvedere Lost Wax Bronze Statue. This famous classic bronze statue, was discovered in ruins of Pompey’s theater near Rome in the late 1400’s, and believe to be a Roman copy of the Greek sculptor, Leochares original bronze statue. Once in the private collection of Pope Julius II, it was moved to the Vatican in 1509 and placed in the Cortile del Belvedere, from which it derives its name. Our bronze Apollo statue is rife with fine detail from the draped robe to the sandaled feet. This 19th century French Bronze fully restored rendition of Apollo, has just overtaken the serpent Python, and just released a arrow from his bow. The effort impressed on his musculature still lingers. Apollo represents harmony, order, and reason and was considered the greatest ancient sculpture and for centuries epitomized ideals of aesthetic perfection for Europeans and westernized parts of the world.

To view other Ancient Roman and Greek statues head on over to our website. If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website, feel free to contact us. Our excellent products coupled with our outstanding customer service ensures Statue.com is the best business for statuary and other fine goods.

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