All is Fair in Art and War - Sydney Euber

This gallery includes sculptures and statues of war figures, whether they be historical or mythical. Heroes, leaders, and warriors from a variety time periods and cultures were, and still are, often immortalized or commemorated. "Statue" is a broad term and there are no rules for what can be used to create one. This gallery serves as a place to explore how different cultures and time periods depict and pay tribute to war figures. After all, all is fair in art and war.  

Warrior on Horseback depicts exactly that: a warrior on a rearing horse, charging into battle. The rider looks battle ready, equipped with a helmet and shield. On top of the warrior’s shield is Medusa’s head, indicating that this warrior is probably a figure from ancient Greek or Roman history or mythology. The composition of the piece shows the horse rearing, and the rider’s limbs outstretched, implying a lot of movement and intensity.
Mars is a marble sculpture of the Roman god of war. He’s depicted as a large, muscular man. In this piece he’s shown in battle attire, equipped with a battle-axe and accompanied by a wolf and a magpie. Each element of this piece holds meaning. The wolf represents ferocity, the magpie helps in battle, and the dragon on his helmet stands for vigilance. Since Mars is a mythological being, the artist interpreted his image. The medium of marble is consistent with the time period of its creation.
This is an interesting sculpture because it started out as a commission piece made for Louis XIV. It was meant to depict him riding a rearing horse, echoing the image of Hercules. After it was finished, Louis XIV didn’t like it. It was later modified to depict Marcus Curtius, a legendary Roman hero.
Minerva is a marble sculpture of the Roman goddess of war and wisdom. In this piece she is shown raising her helmet and resting her other arm on her shield. Her shield has the head of Medusa to offer protection and ward off enemies. This sculpture is part of the Judgment of Paris group, and serves to show Minerva trying to earn the title of “the fairest.” In this particular piece she is shown in flowing fabric rather than battle armor, to show her softer side.
This statue is a tribute to Józef Poniatowski. Poniatowski was a Polish general who took Napoleon’s side to fight against the Russians to protect his country’s independence. He was wounded in the Battle of Leipzig, and chose to drown rather than be taken captive. His country saw him as a heroic fighter, and had a bronze statue commissioned in his honor. Due to political issues, it wasn’t revealed until 1932. The original was blown up in 1944, but was replaced by a new one.
Le Géneral Bonaparte is more of a medallion than a sculpture. It’s part of a series of over five hundred other medallions titled Galerie des Contemporains. Most of the medallions in this collection feature war heroes shown in profile, but this one shows Napoleon in full view as a military hero. It’s unclear why the artist chose to portray him this way, but it’s an interesting tribute to the leader.
This marble bust depicts Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman. This piece was created by Franklin Simmons and was part of his series of Union Civil War heroes and members of President Lincoln’s cabinet. Sherman was a commanding general in the Union army. The bust shows him in his Union uniform, with the patches on his shoulders showing his rank.
This statue commemorates a different side of war. Rather than showing military leaders or warriors, it depicts hostages who were sent to plead for help during the Hundred Years War. It was originally meant to be a piece just showing Eustache de Saint-Pière, but the artist was so moved by the story behind it that he choose to show the five burghers that accompanied him on his journey. They’re shown walking barefoot holding the keys to the city.
Victory is a statue in remembrance of the First Division of the American Expeditionary Force who gave their lives during WWI. Depicted in bronze is the figure of Victory holding a flag in her right hand, with her left hand outstretched in blessing. It is a symbol of the sacrifice made by those who didn’t make it home from Flanders fields.
Field Marshall Montgomery is a caricature statue of a WWII hero. It’s sculpted in bronze and has no defining characteristics as to whom it portrays. The artist uses a cartoon like style, and shows the soldier standing straight and tall and looking outward. This piece is interesting because it’s not outstandingly masculine, yet you can tell the subject is male. It’s interesting in contrast to more traditional statues of soldiers.
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