sculpture

Carving a place for women on statues

If you were to count the statues in your local town, village or city, how many would you find that represent women? Despite women making up more than half of the population of Europe, most of the statues you come across commemorate the lives of men.

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A Tradition of Mourners – Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy

In a special guest post to celebrate the Cleveland Museum of Art’s (CMA) new Open Access initiative, Curatorial Assistant in Medieval Art Amanda Mikolic illuminates the tomb sculpture of the Burgundian court, illustrated by openly licensed images from CMA and European institutions.

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The miniature magic of Japanese netsuke

Netsuke, the small sculptural objects worn by men in Japan since the seventeenth century, first shot to fame in Europe with the publication of Edmund de Waal’s popular memoir, The Hare With Amber Eyes in 2010. As de Waal recounts his unusual story of inheritance, namely a collection of 264 netsuke from a great uncle, Iggie, these […]

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Freedom Monument celebrates Latvia’s independence

Guest blog by the National  Library of Latvia to celebrate Latvia’s Independence  Day on 18 November. People have always honoured their heroes – those who have wrought majestic accomplishments and been involved in great historical events – by building monuments to them. Monumental stones and words of gravitas ensure that powerful thoughts and uplifting accomplishments […]

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Malta: Mario de Marco

Arti­cle by Mario de Marco, Minister for Tourism, Environment and Culture: Les Gavroches is undeniably one of Antonio Sciortino’s most famous sculptures. It was originally located in the iconic Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta from where one can enjoy spectacular views of Malta’s Grand Harbour. The statue was placed there in 1907 shortly after its acquisition […]

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A biography of Barbara Hepworth

Today we are celebrating the 109th birthday of the leading British contemporary artist – Barbara Hepworth. Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, Hepworth attended the Leeds School of Art and studied sculpture at the Royal College of Art. After winning a West Riding Scholarship for one year’s travel abroad, she spent it in Italy where she spent […]

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