The most enduring and, arguably, the greatest
form of fineart known to man,
sculpture has played a major role in the evolution of Western culture.
Its history and stylistic development are those of Western art itself.
It is a key indicator of the cultural achievements of Classical
Antiquity, and became an important influence on the development of
Renaissance art in Italy. Together
with architecture, it was the principal form of monumental religious
art which for centuries (c.400-1800) was the driving force of European
civilization. Even today, although
continuously evolving, sculpture is still the leading method of expressing
and commemorating both historical figures and events.
During its history, it has attracted some
of the world's greatest artists, including classical sculptors like Phidias,
Myron of Eleutherae, Polyklitos, Skopas, Lysippos, Praxiteles and Leochares,
as well as Donatello (1386-1466),
Giambologna (1529-1608), the great
Bernini (1598-1680), Auguste
Rodin (1840-1917), Henry Moore
(1898-1986), Picasso (1881-1973), Constantin
Brancusi (1876-1957), and Damien Hirst (b.1965).
Supreme examples of this long-established
form of public art can be found in many of the best
Also known as "plastic art",
for the shaping process or "plasticity" it involves, sculpture
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