Immortal scenes: classical legends & everyday life

Once the domain for religious decor, historical legacy, and aristocratic patronage, the power to affix memory to the permanence of sculpture creates a lasting impression for ages to come. With the advent of replicator "printing", technology promises to make such an elite option of eternal art forms more ecumenical and accessible than it has ever been, the value of which is highlighted in these selections contrasting classical poses with modern takes.

In this classic depiction of amorous man and woman, Greek gods Mars and Venus are caught sharing a glance, their love forbidden. Note the perfect dimensions and regal nature of their poses.
Contrast the same theme with these forbidden lovers, caught up even more in the doomed passion of their kiss than to need symbols as godhood. Modern perfection of form leaps out with its familiarity.
As symbols of "beauty, love and pleasure" (in their official details), 'The Three Graces' are more about the conveyance of ideals as art than a sculptural snapshot of everyday women.
Girlhood, maidenhood, womenhood, and old age all find a place in OmarEldarov's sculpture, which even carved in walnut wood takes on a lifelike yet immortal capturing of women, rather than just ideals.
Children have a universal mirth to them, often transformed into the whimsy of fantastic creatures. Outstanding in its own right, this almost-child blends the human act of crying with the unworldly.
Now consider this bust of Jean-Antoine Houdon's daughter, whose curious eyes, chubby cheeks, and tiny form all seem instantly recognizable, despite this piece's origins in the late 18th Century.
In this amazing ancient statue, Athena is depicted with a stern, unapproachable seriousness and the garb of Grecian history. There is a wisdom in her countenance—but not necessarily a sense of warmth.
Here, we've interrupted the 'Countess Matilda of Tuscany'; aristocratic fashion doesn't distance us as she glances directly at viewers, turning to us as she's caught mid-act in carrying several items.
Classical sculpture immortalizes indiscriminately, as with this statue with intricate, lifelike toga folds and a stern visage right out of the World of Forms—belieing the mad tyranny of the subject.
Eschewing just depictions of pure perfection, Georges Morin masterfully recreates the love between a grandfatherly figure and a young boy, with the elder's focus on the child's cute, distracted face.
In an exemplary example of the timelessness and idealizing nature of classic styles, here the grand Napoleon ascended unto the heights of Roman emperors, with horse and man proud and eternal.
In final contrast, this piece commemorates Olympic equestrian sport, abstracting both rider & steed, leaving more to imagination—and potentially personalizing—than fine detail would otherwise permit.
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