History of Sculpture Photos

This index traces the artistic history of scupture & prominent sculptors.

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Ancient Egyptian Portrait & Standing Statues Egyptian statue of Metjetji probably from Saqqara at Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, NY Ancient Egyptian column capital with face of goddess Bat from Bubastis at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA Head from statue of daughter of Pharaoh Akhenaten of quartzite at Museum Ägyptischer Kunst. Munich, Germany
Ancient Greek Sculptures (c600-300 BCE) Eirene, goddess of peace, as mother of prosperity copy of original by sculptor Cephisodotus of Athens at Glyptothek. Munich, Germany Munich king marble statue Roman copy of Greek original at Glyptothek. Munich, Germany Central figure from Temple of Aphaia on Aegina pediment sculptures at Glyptothek. Munich, Germany
Praxiteles (395-330 BCE) ancient Athenian. Marble Aphrodite aka "Venus d'Arles" from antique theater of Arles, France perhaps after original by Praxiteles of Athens at Louvre Museum. Paris, France Marble Aphrodite of type "du Capiole" found at Acqua Traversa near Rome is copy of 3rdC BCE original by Praxiteles of Athens at Louvre Museum. Paris, France Roman copy of statue of leaning satyr original by Praxiteles at Glyptothek. Munich, Germany
Pergamon Altar Carvings (c170 BCE) Hellenistic carvings of left wing of Pergamon main altar at Pergamon Museum. Berlin, Germany Details of Hellenistic carvings on Pergamon main altar at Pergamon Museum. Berlin, Germany Details of Hellenistic carvings on Pergamon main altar at Pergamon Museum. Berlin, Germany
Roman Empire Portrait Busts of Caesars Roman marble head of Emperor Augustus at Getty Museum Villa. Malibu, CA Roman emperor Claudius bust in Peace Room at Versailles Palace. Versailles, France Roman Emperor Trajan marble portrait head at Louvre Museum. Paris, France
Roman Empire Portrait Carvings Gallery of Roman portrait heads at Glyptothek. Munich, Germany Roman marble Herm of Hermes at Getty Museum Villa. Malibu, CA Roman-era portrait herm of man at Uffizi Gallery. Florence, Italy
Roman Empire Figure Statues Roman Emperor Augustus toga statue from Italy at Louvre Museum. Paris, France Roman bronze Victory with Cornucopia at Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, OH Roman-era sculpture of Boy with Thorn at Uffizi Gallery. Florence, Italy
Della Robbia workshop Luca (c1400-1482) & Andrea (1425-1525) of Florence; tin-glazed terracotta statues. Glazed terracotta Adoration of the Child by Andrea della Robbia of Florence at National Gallery of Art. Washington, DC Terracotta Virgin & Child by Andrea or Giovanni della Robbia of Florence at National Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh, Scotland Boy as Fountain statue ceramic by Andrea della Robbia of Florence at Bode Museum. Berlin, Germany
Antique German Wood Carvings (early 1500s) Evangelist Luke with bull wood carving by Tilman Riemenchneider of Würtzburg at Bode Museum. Berlin, Germany Symbolic Skeletal Representation of Death linden wood carving set of Four Last Things from southern Germany at Bode Museum. Berlin, Germany Memento Mori wood carving from France or Germany at Legion of Honor Museum. San Francisco, CA
Michelangelo (1475-1564) Italian Renaissance. Dying Slave carving for tomb of Pope Julius II by Michelangelo at Louvre Museum. Paris, France
Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) Italian Baroque from Rome. Monsignor Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo, Archbishop of Pisa marble portrait bust by Gian Lorenzo Bernini at National Gallery of Scotland. Edinburgh, Scotland Pope Gregory XV bronze bust by Gian Lorenzo Bernini at Carnegie Museum of Art. Pittsburgh, PA Marble bust of Louis XIV by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in Diana room at Versailles Palace. Versailles, France
Antonio Canova (1757-1822) Venetian Baroque sculptor. Theseus defeats the Centaur statue by Antonio Canova Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vienna, Austria Marble bust of Napoleon Bonaparte by Antonio Canova at Angers Fine Arts Museum. Angers, France Marble statue of Terpsichore, Muse of Choral Song & Dance by Antonio Canova at Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, OH
Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828) French neoclassical portrait busts. Papier maché model of Voltaire seated by Jean-Antoine Houdon at Rouen Museum of Fine Arts. Rouen, France Molière terra cotta bust by Jean-Antoine Houdon at Orleans Beaux Arts Museum. Orleans, France White marble statue of George Washington by Jean-Antoine Houdon in rotunda of Virginia State Capitol. Richmond, VA
Jean-Joseph Carriès (1855-1894) French ceramics sculptor of Grotesque figures. Toad with rabbit ears sculpture by Jean Carriès at Petit Palace Museum. Paris, France Grotesque mask by Jean Carriès at Petit Palace Museum. Paris, France Grotesque mask, fragment of pillar by Jean Carriès at Petit Palace Museum. Paris, France
John Robert Steell (1804-1891) Scottish sculptor of monuments. Statue of Sir Walter Scott by Sir John Steell designed for Scott Monument at Museum of Edinburgh. Edinburgh, Scotland Katherine Munro, Lady Stuart of Allanbank marble bust by Sir John Steell at National Gallery of Scotland. Edinburgh, Scotland Thomas Chalmers statue by Sir John Steell. Edinburgh, Scotland
John Rogers (1829-1904) Massachusetts sculptor of mass market statuette groupings. Taking the Oath & Drawing Rations plaster sculpture by John Rogers at Memorial Art Gallery. Rochester, NY Council of War sculpture by John Rogers at Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Council Bluffs, IA Brigadier General John Stark victor of Battle of Bennington statue by John Rogers & Robert Shure at Bennington Monument. Bennington, VT
Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) American sculptor noted for Civil War memorials. Admiral Farragut Statue by Augustus Saint-Gaudens in Madison Square Park. New York, NY Standing Abraham Lincoln statue by Augustus Saint-Gaudens in Lincoln Park. Chicago, IL Adams Memorial replica of original in Rock Creek Church Cemetery in Washington, DC by Augustus Saint-Gaudens at Saint-Gaudens NHS. Cornish, NH
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) French sculptor of monuments. The Thinker sculpture by Auguste Rodin at National Gallery of Art. Washington, DC The Burghers of Calais by Auguste Rodin in Memorial Court at Stanford. The sculpture group commemorates the six civic leaders who volunteered to serve as a sacrifice to save the city during the 1347 surrender to King Edward III of England. Palo Alto, CA The Kiss bronze sculpture by Auguste Rodin at Legion of Honor Museum. San Francisco, CA
Raymond Duchamp-Villon (1876-1918) French-American. Large horse sculpture by Raymond Duchamp-Villon at Rouen Museum of Fine Arts. Rouen, France Portrait bust of Prof. Gosset by Raymond Duchamp-Villon at Pinakothek der Moderne. Munich, Germany Cat painting by Raymond Duchamp-Villon at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI
William Birnie Rhind (1853-1933) Scottish monuments. Duke of Buccleuch statue by Sir Joseph Boehm with bronze relief panels by William Birnie Rhind in front of St. Giles Cathedral. Edinburgh, Scotland Royal Scots Greys Monument by William Birnie Rhind in Princes Street Gardens. Edinburgh, Scotland To The King's Own Scottish Borderers Memorial by William Birnie Rhind on North Bridge. Edinburgh, Scotland
Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) American monuments. Concord Minute Man of 1775 bronze sculpture by Daniel Chester French at Smithsonian American Art Museum. Washington, DC The Progress of the State sculpture group by Daniel Chester French & Edward Potter at base of dome of Minnesota State Capitol. St. Paul, MN President Abraham Lincoln statue in Lincoln Memorial. Washington, DC
John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum (1867-1941) American Mt. Rushmore. The carved faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln on Mount Rushmore as designed by Gutzon Borglum. SD Gutzon Borglum sculptures atop Old New York Evening Post Building. New York, NY Sorrow marble sculpture by John Gutzon Borglum at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX
Aristide Maillol (1861-1944) French. Sculpted bust of Painter Auguste Renoir by Aristide Maillol at Neue Pinakothek. Munich, Germany Centerpiece of Three Nymphes, called La Nymphe bronze sculpture by Aristide Maillol at Museum of the Annonciade. St Tropez, France Kahn Building courtyard with bronze statue L'Air by Aristide Maillol at Kimbell Art Museum. Fort Worth, TX
Paul Manship (1885-1996) American Prometheus sculpture by Paul Manship at Rockefeller Center Skating Rink. New York, NY Diana & a Hound by Paul Manship, Art Nouveau sculpture in National Gallery of Art. Washington, DC Flight of Night sculpture by Paul Manship at Newport Art Museum. Newport, RI
Fernand Léger (1881-1955) French abstract. Mosaic, celebrating sports & designed for Hanover Museum, on facade of Musée National Fernand Léger. Biot, France Details of Les Femmes au Perroquet bronze at Musée National Fernand Léger. Biot, France Léger bronze sculpture in garden of Musée National Fernand Léger. Biot, France
Alexander Calder (1898-1976) American kinetic sculptor. ARCO Center plaza with red Alexander Calder stabile. Los Angeles, CA Skylights & balconies by I.M. Pei in National Gallery of Art. Washington, DC Eagle stabile by Alexander Calder at Olympic Sculpture Park. Seattle, WA
Joan Miró (1893-1983) Spanish (Catalan) Surrealist. Figure sculpture by Joan Miró at Fundació Joan Miró. Barcelona, Spain Figure with female legs sculpture by Joan Miró at Fundació Joan Miró. Barcelona, Spain Detail of Dona i Ocell statue by Joan Miró in Parc de Joan Miró. Barcelona, Spain
Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) French. Sculpture called Monument With Standing Beast by Jean Dubuffet in plaza of James R. Thompson Center. Chicago, IL Monument to the Phantom sculpture by Jean Dubuffet & Wells Fargo Plaza. Houston, TX Free Exchange by Jean DuBuffet at Carnegie Museum of Art. Pittsburgh, PA
Henry Moore (1898-1986) English sculptor of massive figures. Reclining Figure elmwood sculpture by Henry Moore at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI Oval with Points sculpture by Henry Moore on Princeton campus. Princeton, NJ Knife Edge Mirror by Henry Moore at National Gallery of Art. Washington, DC
Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) French-American. Stravinsky Fountain firebird & snake sculpture by Niki de Saint Phalle at Georges Pompidou Center. Paris, France Detail of Snake Tree sculpture by Niki de Saint Phalle at Angers Fine Arts Museum. Angers, France Poet & Muse sculpture by Niki de Saint Phalle outside Mingei Museum. San Diego, CA
Claes Oldenburg (1929-) Swedish/ American sculptor of replicas of common objects. Spoonbridge & Cherry by Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Minneapolis, MN Free Stamp sculpture by Claes Coosje Oldenburg van Bruggen in Willard Park. Cleveland, OH Big Sweep a giant dustpan & broom by Coosje van Bruggen & Claes Oldenburg outside of Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO

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