An Introduction to this Page may be found in "What is Art", offering a juxtaposition of "Modern Art" and "Fine Art"
Henry Moore is one of the most highly acclaimed champions of "modern sculpture" of the 20th century. This work is called "Knife Edge" and dates to 1961. Is Moore succeeding in expressing the essence of art: The conveyance of human emotions? What is his level of skill when compared with the sculpture by Donatello? Has this sculpture met the "test of time", as outlined on the "Art" page?
Donatello was one of the great sculptors of the Early Renaissance in Italy. Born in 1386, he created many of the magnificent marble sculptures in Florence. Donatello treats the human body as an architectural structure, capable of movement, and its drapery as a secondary element. Who can question his mastery of the chisel? Donatello worked on the "St. Mark" from 1411 to 1413. The height of the St.Mark is 8 feet
A truly amazing sculpture by another famous modern artist: Umberto Boccioni: A 1913 production that might have served as the model for the Darth Vader of science fiction. It looks shiny and polished but, what is it? Boccioni called it: "Unique Form of Continuity in Space". What is the level of craftsmanship? Is a period of 100 years sufficient to meet the "test of time"?
Auguste Rodin: "The Thinker", one of the many masterpieces created by Rodin (1840 to 1917). For Rodin, beauty in art consisted in the truthful representation of human emotional states. This sculpture is only slightly older than the Boccioni sculpture. Would this sculpture meet the test of time?
This "magnificent" sculpture is called "ORIGINS". It was created by ROBERTO RECCIONI, one of the widely acclaimed modern artists of our time. The ethereal level of its vertical, subliminal, artistic refinement is obvious. In addition to its preeminent artistic value, this sculpture reflects an extraordinary level of mechanical competence. This is Modern Art at its best. (Originally, this space was reserved for a Picasso sculpture called: "Woman with Orange in One Hand". However, it was felt that this masterpiece by Reccioni was more deserving of the space.)
1945, Height 8', Private Collection, Ceramic and Marble
"The Dying Gaul" is one of the many treasures in the Capitoline Museum in Rome. "The Dying Gaul" depicts a wounded Celtic warrior who lies upon the earth awaiting death. The statue is a life-size Roman (marble) copy of one of the bronze statues dedicated at Pergamon by Attolos I in commemoration of his victories over the Gauls who had invaded Asia Minor in 239 B.C.
Fourth and fifth century (BC) Greek sculpting had never depicted such a subject. It must have been a startling innovation at the time of its creation. The moustache, matted hair and twisted collar identify the warrior as a barbarian. He supports himself on one arm as his strength ebbs away. With the realism characteristic of Hellenistic art, his skin appears hard and dry, the muscles heavy in contrast to the ideal Greek type. Blood oozes from the open wound. However, the sculptor introduces these realistic touches with artistic restraint. Such details only make the artist's intent more clear. It is a concept that goes beyond physical pain to speak of the anguish of defeat which destroys the spirit rather than the flesh. We can clearly sense the artist's compassion for the agony and despair of this warrior.
A truly moving and awe inspiring sculpture.
THIS IS WHAT ART IS ALL ABOUT.
As was pointed out in the "Art" page: In the world of art, a certain element of time is needed to separate the chaff from the wheat . In the case of "The Dying Gaul", 2300 years have served the purpose very well, indeed. The jury is still out on some of the other sculptures.
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