Famous Sculptors and Sculpture

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J.R. Osgood, 1881 - 319 Seiten
"13 heliotype illustrations by the Heliotype Printing Co., Boston, from photographs of sculpture." -- Hanson collection catalog, p. 72.
 

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Seite 190 - Roubiliac was an enthusiast in his art ; possessed of considerable talents : he copied vulgar nature with zeal, and some of his figures seem alive ; but their characters are mean, their expressions grimace, and their forms frequently bad : his draperies are worked with great diligence and labour from the most disagreeable examples in nature, the folds being either heavy or meagre, frequently without a determined general form, and hung on his figures with little meaning. He grouped two figures together,...
Seite 287 - ... cable. We were received with much courtesy and emphasis by the director of the foundry, and conducted into a large room walled with bare, new brick, where the statue was standing in front of the extinct furnace : a majestic Webster indeed, eight feet high, and looking even more colossal than that. The likeness seemed to me perfect, and, like a sensible man, Powers has dressed him in his natural costume, such as I have seen Webster have on while making a speech in the open air at a mass meeting...
Seite 53 - Between these outer walls, which he decorated with arches and pilasters, and the inner, directly contiguous to the quadrangle, he made a broad-roofed corridor, paved with marble, lighted by Gothic windows and four open doorways...
Seite 291 - I been ordered to make a statue for any square or similar situation at the metropolis, I should have represented Washington on horseback, and in his actual dress. I would have made my work purely an historical one. I have treated the subject poetically, and confess I should feel pain at seeing it placed in direct and flagrant contrast with every-day life. Moreover, I modelled the figure without reference to an exposure to rain and frost, so that there are many parts of the statue where the water...
Seite 37 - His figure is a class ; it characterises every beauty of virility verging on age; the prince, the priest, the father, are visible, but, absorbed in the man, serve only to dignify the victim of one great expression ; though poised by the artist, for us to apply the compass to the face of the Laocoon, is to measure the wave fluctuating in the storm...
Seite 290 - I have sacrificed to it the flower of my days and the freshness of my strength ; its every lineament has been moistened with the sweat of my toil and the tears of my exile. I would not barter away its association with my name for the proudest fortune avarice ever dreamed of.
Seite 168 - John de Bologna, after he had finished a group of a young man holding up a young woman in his arms, with an old man at his feet, called his friends together, to tell him what name he should give it, and it was agreed to call it The Rape of the Sabines*; and this is the celebrated group which now stands before the old Palace at Florence.
Seite 65 - Goldsmiths, 5 that he might acquire the art of design from a friend of his. This was a great satisfaction to Filippo, who no long time after he had begun to study and practise in that art, understood the setting of precious stones much better than any old, artist in the vocation. He...
Seite 224 - Schiller, with an unwearied self-complacency, in which there was something mournful, and yet delightful. While I sat looking at the magnificent head of Schiller, the original of the multifarious casts and copies which are dispersed through all Germany, he sat down beside me, and taking my hands between his own, which trembled with age and nervous emotion, he began to speak of his friend. " Nous etions amis des l'enfance; aussi j'y ai travaille' avec amour, avec douleur — on ne peut pas plus faire.
Seite 225 - ... the expression I caught, — you see it here, — the head raised, the countenance full of inspiration, and affection, and bright hope ! I told him that to keep up this expression he must have some of his best friends to converse with him while I took the model, for I could not talk and work too. 0, if I could but remember what glorious things then fell from those lips ! Sometimes I stopped in my work, — I could not go on, — I could only listen...

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