Sculpture throughout italy: an enduring practice

In nearly all facets of life in the Italy of times past, sculptures played an important role as a public and visual display of information or remembrance for all to see. Be it schooling, religious practices, mythological figures, or even busts of family members; sculpture's place was one of great significance.

Sculptures and castings of famous leaders make up a significant portion of the overall sculpture in Italy. Such creations were able to be presented in large public areas for all to see and look up at.
Not all were made for the public eye, however. Some sculptures were made more privately, to be kept in a home or a more intimate space. Wealthier people could commission busts of family members.
Some pieces were made without a religious or mythological context, but with one of culture. For instance, this sculpture of Puck is created in reference to Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Other sculptures and castings may be recreations of famous works; created domestically or elsewhere. For instance, this statuette is a replica of an ancient Greek bronze casting by the same name.
Here we can see the amount of detail that goes into Italy's famous sculptures relating to mythological and religious events or people. This porcelain sculpture features gilding and vibrant colors.
Other pieces may shift focus entirely, however. This low-relief sculpture was made with intention of display near a schoolhouse. It is not overly embellished, but that fact helps it serve its purpose.
Here we return to one of the staples of Italian sculpture; a low or mid-relief sculpture displayed in a high area with religious depiction. This sort of display is common in Italian cathedrals.
We close with a similar but different idea to the prior piece; intricate, embellished sculptures on the roofs or walls of cathedrals. This particular piece has a religious context to fit the venue.
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