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Terracotta Army: The biggest tableau of sculpture made anywhere in the planet ever. Mary Beard, Civilisations II: How Do We Look, BBC 2018
The Boxer: The body beautiful was not so very far from the body brutalised. ibid.
It may be that the sensation of being a woman presents another emphasis in art, and particularly in terms of sculpture, for there is a whole range of perception belonging to feminine experience. So many ideas spring from an inside response to form. Barbara Hepworth
Carving is interrelated masses conveying an emotion: a perfect relationship between the mind and the colour, light and weight which is the stone, made by the hand which feels. Barbara Hepworth
It is easy now to communicate with people through abstraction, and particularly so in sculpture. Since the whole body reacts to its presence, people become themselves a living part of the whole. Barbara Hepworth
Before I start carving the idea must be almost complete. I say ‘almost’ because the really important thing seems to be the sculptor’s ability to let his intuition guide him over the gap between conception and realization without compromising the integrity of the original idea; the point being that the material has vitality – it resists and makes demands. Barbara Hepworth
This internationalism of the 12th century extended to architecture and sculpture. Kenneth Clark: Civilisation 2/13: The Great Thaw, BBC 1969
In the fifteenth century Greco-Roman sculpture had become a shining almost inaccessible model to the more adventurous artists. Kenneth Clark, Civilisation 5/13: The Hero as Artist
The city fathers also commissioned ... a gigantic figure of David ... What a man! Everyone who met Michelangelo recognised that he had an unequal power of mind and skill of hand. ibid.
The work of Bernini is ideal and eternal. He was a very great artist ... He not only gave baroque Rome its character but he was the chief source of an international style that has spread all over Europe ... He was dazzlingly precocious ... He became more skilful in the carving of marble than any sculptor has ever been. Kenneth Clark, Civilisation 7/13: Grandeur & Obedience
Bernini was only twenty-five and the very next year he was made the architect of St Peter’s. ibid.
Bernini is perhaps the only artist in history who has been able to carry through such a vast design over so long a period. ibid.
The Bronze Baldaccini ... It’s incredible ... The perfection of craftsmanship that extends to every detail. ibid.
Yesterday a bronze sculpture was auctioned to an anonymous bidder for £65 million, which made it the most expensive piece of art ever to be sold.
We take a look at the man behind L’Homme Qui Marche ...
1. Alberto was born on 10th October 1901 in an Italian-speaking area of Switzerland to a well-known Post-Impressionist painter.
2. As a child, he drew pictures from the fairy-tales he heard and remembers being quite arrogant. He believed he could copy or understand anything better than anyone else.
3. In 1922 he went to Paris to learn from popular sculptor, Antoine Bourdelle.
4. At first his sculptures were of human heads. He used his brother and artist friend, Isabel Delmer, as models.
5. In 1941 he made friends with famous Existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre.
6. War in France forced him back to Switzerland where he made tiny sculptures, said to fit into half a dozen matchboxes.
7. On his return to Paris after the war, his sculptors became much taller and thinner. He said the final result represented the sensation he felt when he looked at a woman.
8. In 1962 he was awarded the grand prize for sculpture at the Venice Biennale, which won him global recognition. He had exhibitions around Europe and in New York.
9. In 1963 he had an operation for stomach cancer and said: ‘The strange thing is – as a sickness I always wanted to have this one.’
10. He died in 1966 of a heart attack in Switzerland. Mirror online article 4th February 2010, ‘Alberto Giacometti: 10 Things You Need to Know About the Art Behind £65 Million Walking Man 1 Bronze Sculpture’
Michelangelo is probably the most potent sculpture who ever wielded a chisel. He was also a great painter and architect too. Great Artists with Tim Marlow: Michelangelo, 2001
His first commission in Rome: Bacchus. It’s a garden statue. ibid.
It’s a heroic celebration of human form. And in many ways David perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the renaissance. ibid.
Auguste Rodin redefined the idea of sculpture in European art. Without losing any of its power and grandeur he liberated it from the constraints of classicism and created three-dimensional forms which pulsated with life and energy ... He became one of the fathers of modern art. Artists with Tim Marlow: Auguste Rodin
Rodin’s big break came in 1880 when he was commissioned to produce two vast bronze doors as to an entrance to a proposed new museum of decorative arts ... And produced The Gates of Hell. ibid.
The Kiss ... One of the most erotic works of art. ibid.
Because of the First World War there was no state funeral. None the less, politicians and dignitaries from all over the world came to the ceremony to pay homage to the man who passionately and thoughtfully had put sculpture right back in the mainstream of modern art. ibid.
The French sculpture Auguste Rodin ... The Gates of Hell is a superlative mass of seething contorted figures ... One of the supreme sculptural achievements of the past two centuries. Tim Marlow: Judgement Day: Hell, 2004
Jean Fautrier: Head of a Hostage 1943-4: A sculpture made of lead ... as part of a series that included drawings and painting called The Hostage Series. Tim Marlow on ... The New Tate Modern, 2006
Louise Bourgeois: The female body, about her own body being the source of sculpture. ibid.
The only finished sculpture that Degas ever exhibited: The Little Dancer Aged Fourteen 1880-1881 cast c.1922. Tim Marlow on Degas and the Ballet
At the very beginning of the 1960s a young Englishman ... developed a form of radical welded abstract steel sculpture. Tim Marlow on Anthony Caro at Chatsworth House
Using industrial steel, he constructed rather than carved or caste, and placed his sculptures directly on the ground. ibid.
Of all the arts in British over the last century sculpture has undergone the most radical of journeys. Tim Marlow on ... British Sculpture 2011
Albert Gilbert was part of a movement called The New Sculpture. ibid.
Epstein’s work was no stranger to controversy ... What he did was throw down a gauntlet that was pivotally picked up by younger British sculptors not least Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. The sculptural language of Moore and Hepworth was developed in the ’20s and ’30s through the use of direct carving. ibid.
Her [Hepworth] and Moore are forging a dialogue between sculptural space and form and sculpture in a public space ... Hepworth and Moore very much leading the way, and making it clear that the idea of a British modern sculptural tradition had very much been established and was existing in an international context. ibid.