Donatello the Sculptor
– Donato di Niccalo di Betto Bardi, also known as Donatello, was an Italian Renaissance artists and sculptor born in 1386 in Florence, Italy. He is arguably one of the greatest master sculptors of the 15th century. His ability to immortalize human expression through his art put him in a league of his own. In Florence Donatello was taught the basics of sculpting and early on he was an apprentice to Lorenzo Ghiberti. Donatello creatively carved sculptures out of stone, wood and bronze; giving life to the raw materials as he created….
The Broadway Fountain in Madison, Indiana by Sculptor J. P. Victor Andre
– The Broadway Fountain located in Madison, Indiana is a famous artistic structure that is well known for its historical background and current use as an ideal location of weddings and other gatherings. In the course of a little over a century, the fountain has been in danger of being completely discarded twice and has been replaced with an exact bronze replica. Designed by French sculptor J. P. Victor Andre, the original Broadway Fountain was presented to the city of Madison in 1886 after being featured in the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition (National Park Service)….
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci
– … It was as if I started life with 2 missing puzzle pieces. Thus lacking anyone in whose footsteps I was expected to follow, I could develop freely into the universal man I would become. I spent days with my uncle Francesco, who was a farmer. Spending most of my time outdoors, I tended to animals, explored the farmland, observing nature and landscapes. I started to sketch landscapes; this was when I discovered my artistic talent (SparkNotes Editors). Since many career paths were closed to a illegitimate child, art was an obvious choice for me….
The Naked Man of Steel by Angus Taylor
– … It was not only the nudity that bothered them, some viewers found it a horrible colour. However many were unaware of the meaning behind ‘Positive’s’ colour. To explain Angus Taylor states: “I often use material as partial conveyor of meaning. The sculpture was cast in carbon steel and was welded together with stainless steel. There is an honesty towards the process, since a foundry normally hides the panelling in the cast – here it is visible on the surface where the panels meet. The large figurative metal man is not imposing or threatening, but rather humble” (Taylor 2014)….
The Amida Buddha in Context
– … In this case, the Amida Buddha is making the mudra of appeasement (“Amida”). More physical observations could be made by pointing out the “balanced form, divine features, and flowing drapery” (“Amida”) of the Amida Buddha. Those qualities represent the nature of the Buddha, revealing him as “transcendent, graceful, and compassionate” (“Amida”). Features common to other Buddha sculptures show up on this Amida Buddha, like the elongated earlobes, the mole on his forehead, and patterned hair. At first glance, the Amida Buddha may seem to be a simple statue of an important figure, but when its features are analyzed, different forms of symbolism can be found in the features….