11 Astonishing Sculptures You Won’t Believe Actually Exist
Sculpture is one of the most sensual arts in the world. But sometimes the genius of artists exceeds all expectations. In this way, stone masterpieces are born, but you can easily confuse the material with something else.
We at Bright Side are astonished by these sculptures. We can’t believe our eyes.
11. Giovanni Strazza — The Veiled Virgin, 1850s
The sculpture of the exquisitely veiled Virgin Mary was made from Carrara marble in Rome by the famous Italian sculptor Giovanni Strazza. This masterpiece is considered a part of the Italian cultural image.
10. Raffaelle Monti — The Sleep of Sorrow and the Dream of Joy, 1861
Raffaelle Monti first exhibited his sculpture during the London Expo in 1862. Today the work can be found in the same city in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
9. Thomas Ridgeway Gould — The West Wind, 1870
This work from the American sculptor "speaks" about the expansion of the USA to the West. However, the explanation might be even simpler: you see how naturally the girl’s dress flutters and literally feel the west wind blowing.
8. Raffaelle Monti — Sisters of Charity, 1847
In order to create the thinnest stone veil, it is necessary to be a man of true genius. Monti’s veils are just what we speak about: they are almost imponderable. They seem to flutter in the slightest wind.
7. Chauncey Bradley Ives — Undine Rising From the Waters, 1880
Hard to believe, but the sculpture is made of marble. Perhaps one might touch it and feel the cold wet fabric.
6. Raffaelle Monti — Veiled Lady, 1860
Monti is probably one of the most famous fans of marble veils. This stone helps to show the extraordinary sculptor’s talent.
5. Giovanni Maria Benzoni — Veiled Rebecca, 1864
Rebecca’s clothing has multiple folds and waves. Here, the clear effect of multilayered textiles is produced.
4. Antonio Corradini — Bust of a Veiled Woman (Puritas), 1720s
The Italian sculptor traditionally used the technique of "wrapping" the sculptures into stone veils. The current image is also perfect: the veil on the woman seems thin and light, as if it is a real kerchief.
3. Prosper D’Epine — Cupid Under a Veil, Asking for Alms, 1887
This Cupid from the French sculptor is dressed in such a thin cloth that you can clearly see his face. The work is a masterpiece!
2. Giuseppe Sanmartino — Veiled Christ, 1753
This is the first dated work of Sanmartino. Another famous sculptor, Antonio Canova, was so impressed by this piece of art that he said, "I would give 10 years of my life to be the author of such a masterpiece!"
1. Raffaelle Monti — Veiled Vestal, 1847
The famous sculptor depicted a vestal, who is a priestess of the Roman goddess Vesta. The veil is so intricate that you can see the sunbeams through it.
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