Sculpture Gallery Clare 209 Sum 1

Welcome to the Sculpture Gallery! This gallery houses four very unique works from different time periods. First we have The Candidate by Florian Lettl, the model was made in 1997-1999, and the bronze casting was done in 2010. The sculpture displays four people pushing up a another figure who is considered the "candidate". You can interpret it as you wish, I always see the men erecting a political representative. And when that man "falls", they erect another. The candidates are façades, a puppet, a political representative with no real power. Our second piece is The Freedman by John Quincy Adams Ward. This piece was until recently held in The Art Institute of Chicago, and was completed in 1863. The importance of this piece is extraordinary, and I'm sure many of you can guess why. The Freedman is the perfect example of how a piece of art is more than just a statue or a painting, often they have meaning. In this case, the sculptor used his piece for a message. The piece was completed during the American Civil War, shortly after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. John Quincy Adams Ward was able to put his feelings towards slavery into this sculpture, as well as his demand for justice. The sculpture demands a semi-nude man who just broke free, observe the shackles hanging from his wrist. The third piece in this gallery is The Four Parts of The World Holding the Celestial Sphere, sculpted by Jean-Bapiste Carpeaux. This sculpture was held in the Musee D'Orsay in Paris, France. The taste for movement in this sculpture is incredible, and it features all four parts of the world dancing in a circle, almost on the spot. As you observe the artwork, take not of the inscription: "Why be born a slave?". America is standing on the broken chain of slavery, which can be referenced back to our second statue. Our fourth statue is a real gem, sculpted by Michelangelo in 1534: The Genie of Victory. The sculpture was held in Florence, Italy a the Palazzo Vecchio Museum. The sculpture was originally meant for the funeral monument of pope Giulius II Della Rovere, but was donated to Duke Cosimo I de' Medici in 1564, after Michelangelo's death. The statue contains the symbol of victory, specifically the recent conquest of Siena by Florence. Finally, the fifth and final sculpture in this gallery is The Summit by Florian Lettl. This piece is in fact made by the same artist who modeled our first sculpture, The Candidate. It has two men carrying large balls, which we can tell are heavy from their body posture. The men are approaching a peak, or the summit, however the balls have collided, impeding both of their progress. The metaphorical value in this statue is incredible, and I invite you to spend some time with it. 

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