Sculptures are such beautiful pieces of work that they deserve to be showcased at the best possible time. While there is a lot of amazing artwork out there, this article will explore the top 10 sculptures in the world.
Michelangelo’s David Statue
The statue of David by Michelangelo is a life-size marble sculpture that was completed between 1501 and 1504. The statue is located in the Accademia Gallery in Florence, Italy. David was originally commissioned as one of a series of twelve statues of prophets to be placed around the exterior of the cathedral dome of Florence Cathedral. But it was instead placed in a public square, outside the Palazzo Della Signoria, the seat of civic government in Florence. The statue became an icon for Florence, representing strength and courage.
Michelangelo’s David has been described as “the greatest sculpture of all time” and “one of the most perfectly proportioned human bodies ever created”. The statue is a symbol of Florentine liberty and Republic and has come to represent different things to different people over the centuries.
The Thinker by Rodin
The Thinker by Rodin is one of the most famous sculptures in the world. It represents a man deep in thought, with his chin resting on his hand. The sculpture is made of bronze and is life-size. It was created in 1880 and is currently on display at the Musee Rodin in Paris, France.
Venus De Milo
Venus de Milo was created by Alexandros of Antioch in 150 BCE and is currently on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. The sculpture is made of marble and depicts the goddess of love Aphrodite (according to Greek mythology) or Venus (according to Roman mythology).
The Venus de Milo is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful sculptures ever created. It is also one of the most recognizable works of art, due in part to its many replicas and adaptations that have been produced over the years.
The Sphinx of Egypt
The Sphinx of Egypt is a massive stone sculpture of a creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. It is one of the most famous sculptures in the world and is located in the desert near the Pyramids of Giza. The Sphinx is believed to have been built around 2500 BC and is thought to represent the Pharaoh Khafre.
The Discus Thrower by Myron
The Discus Thrower by Myron is a life-size sculpture of a man throwing a discus. The sculpture is made of bronze and dates back to the 4th century BC. It was found in 1885 in the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Olympia. The sculpture is currently on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.
Grave of the Unknown Soldier by Sir Edwin Landseer
The Grave of the Unknown Soldier by Sir Edwin Landseer is one of the most famous sculptures in the world. It’s located in Westminster Abbey in London, England. The sculpture commemorates the Unknown Soldier of World War I. It’s made of bronze and granite and was completed in 1920.
The Lion of Amphipolis from Greece
The Lion of Amphipolis is a massive stone sculpture that was erected in Greece in the 4th century BCE. This lion is thought to have been commissioned by Alexander the Great’s general, Ptolemy I Soter. It was likely meant to commemorate Alexander’s victories in the Persian Wars.
The lion is carved from a single piece of marble and stands 11 feet tall. It is one of the most impressive examples of ancient Greek sculpture still in existence and is a must-see for anyone interested in art history.
Winged Victory of Samothrace from Greece
The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also known as the Nike of Samothrace, is a Hellenistic sculpture of the Greek goddess Nike (Victory). It was created sometime between 190 and 180 BC and is one of the most celebrated sculptures in the world. The sculpture is of a woman standing on the prow of a ship with her wings outstretched. It is over 2 meters tall and is made from marble. It is currently located in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Liberty Enlightening the World Statue from the US
The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World is commonly known as the Statue of Liberty. It’s a colossal neoclassical sculpture that is on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It became a gift to the United States from the people of France to commemorate the American Centennial. At 305 feet 1 inch (93 meters) tall, it is the largest copper sculpture in the world. It is the second-tallest statue in the United States behind Mount Rushmore National Monument. It is also one of the most recognizable symbols of the United States and has been designated as a National Monument since 1924.
The Statue of Liberty has been an icon of freedom and democracy since it was first erected over 130 years ago. It is a fitting symbol for a country that was founded on principles of liberty and justice for all.
The Manneken Pis Statue in Belgium
The Manneken Pis Statue in Belgium is one of the most popular sculptures in the world. The statue is of a little boy peeing into a fountain. It is located in the center of Brussels and has been there since the 13th century. It is made of bronze and is 3 feet tall. Every year, the statue is dressed up in different costumes. The most popular one being the Superman costume.
If you are an art enthusiast like me, I’m sure you are going to explore the best of the lots while you travel.