Sculptures CLAR 209 SUM 2 Sheldon Freer

The first sculpture is Female Dancer, it is a relief carved into a solid piece of rock.  The piece is from first century BCE.  The lines carved into her dress show the flowing nature of her dress.  This gives the effect that she is in motion. The next piece is Horse without a rider, this is another piece that's artist is unknown.  It is from around 490 BCE, the horse has one leg lifted to illustrate it taking a striking pose.  The horse was likely created in response to a successful victory in battle.  The next is Hunting Dog, from an earlier point in time around 520 BCE.  The dog is made from marble and the artist shaped it into a pose that portrays it in a crouched position.  This gives the viewer the impression that it is about to strike its target.  The marble has been worked and made smooth to show muscles and bones.  The next piece is titled Diana, created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.  She is crafted from bronze, and depicts a nude woman holding a bow and arrow.  The sculpture is 13 feet tall and after continuous sculpting, especially with her hair, Augustus was able to make her look quite lifelike.  The piece was created in 1893 and like many nudes of the time, was chastised for its vulgarity.   The final piece is Ugolino and his sons, created by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux between 1865 and 1867.  Carved from marble this piece shows a depressed-looking man with boys from ages five to twenty climbing up him.  It is a scene from Dante’s Inferno that is portrayed, the man has been condemned to starvation with his children.  The marble is shaped to allow for shadowing in areas to give a lifelike appearance.

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