Sculptures of Women: 209

I chose these sculptures to express the movement of historical women. Whether they're sitting down, doing house work, dancing, and enjoying life these sculptures shared with me personal stories. Most all of them took my breath away.

M. McDonough Class Clare 209 2013

Degas is known for his paintings and sculptures of ballerinas. He had a fascination about the way they moved across the dance floor. This sculpture was controversial when created and still to this day is looked at strange. When it was created the young dancer was called a "monkey." That to me seems terrible and if Degas was still alive I don't think he'd appreciate that criticism too much either. The wax/marble used for this sculpture is impeccable and is considered hyper-realism. Unlike Degas' other artwork during the impressionist's time period. I love how the tutu was put together on this sculpture.
Canova created this marble masterpiece to show women's beauty in the form of greek goddesses. They are not only united by holding eachother but the scarf that ties each together. This is a beautiful piece of art and I love Canova's portrayal of women in their natural state. The three figures is definitely symbolic. It may even be considered religious compared to the Holy Trinity.
I had to include Joan of Arc in my gallery to demonstrate such a well known heroine in history. She is considered a martyr and this picture emphasizes the peaceful person she once was. The smooth look of the marble demonstrates a high tensity of sculpture in the round. This sculpture does not look artificial but polished.
Completely different from the rest of the sculptures. One can notice that because this was created in the beginning of the 20th century the material seem much newer. I like the colored marble look. It brings out the lines of the ballerina quite well. She is dancing on a pedestal and the colors capture a ballerina's sleek touch impeccably.
This painting is very well known by Pijoan for the texture and sculpture in the round. Michelangelo has a similar sculpture called Pieta too but unfortunately it is unfinished. This sculpture shows Mary holding Jesus after being taken down from the cross after his crucifixion.
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