Classical Sculpture



In sculpture, composition relies on relatively simple forms (compared to baroque and rococo). Dominant are monumentality, classical forms, clear contour lines and natural coloration.

The term classical sculpture refers to a form and style of sculpture corresponding to that produced in ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and civilizations under Hellenistic and Roman control or influence between the 5th century BC and the fall of Rome in 476. It also refers to more recent sculptures made in a classical style, i.e. inspired by Antiquity. Classical sculpture was very popular during the Renaissance.


In addition to standing statues, the term also includes relief sculptures, such as the famous Elgin Marbles of the Parthenon, as well as bas-reliefs. While sculptural works emphasise the human form, reliefs are generally used to design decorative scenes.

Notable Sculptors

Important sculptors include the Italians Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Alessandro Algardi, the French Martin Desjardins and Michel Anguier, and the (Southern) Dutch Frans Duquesnoy, Artus Quellinus and Rombout Verhulst.

Bust of  Jacob van Reygersbergh by Rombout Verhulst in 1671.
Bust of Jacob van Reygersbergh by Rombout Verhulst in 1671.
Ratto di Proserpina by Gianlorenzo Bernini in 1621-22.
Ratto di Proserpina by Gianlorenzo Bernini in 1621-22.


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Keywords

Andrea Palladio
Baroque
Classical Antiquity
Classical Period
Classicism
Dutch Classicism
Klassizismus
Literary Classicism
Neo-Classicism
Palladianism
Renaissance

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