The Stupinigi Hunting Castle is one of the residences of the Royal House of Savoy in northern Italy, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Built as a royal hunting lodge in the early 18th century, the castle is located 10 km southwest of Turin. The uniqueness of the residence lies in its luxurious interior decoration. The variety of gypsum stucco decorating walls, ceilings, columns and niches made this castle very popular among tourists.
A brief history of the residence
The palace was designed by architect Filippo Juvarra as a hunting lodge for the King of Sardinia, Victor Continue reading
Sculpture was once considered the area of work of male artists, as physically complex as unlimited in scope. But over the past few decades, artists from Eva Hesse to Ursula von Rydingsvard won a place for women working in modern sculpture. In recent years, it was women sculptors who were able to submit to the public the most ambitious works. Many of them were made of gypsum. Due to its plasticity, this material allows you to realize even the most daring and original ideas of the author.
Around the world, there are several hundred talented women working in the genre of sculptural art. Consider those that experts consider the most promising. They all work in different techniques and use different materials to create their works. At the same time, they are united by a passion for pure and bright art.
This is a young American woman sculptor, born in 1986 in the United States. Today, the artist lives and Continue reading
Gypsum sculptures found in the area of the Seljuk empire were called Seljuk statuettes. They were created during the “Golden Age” – between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. Figures adorned the interior walls and friezes of the Seljuk palaces, along with other decorative plaster decorations.
The figures were painted in bright and often golden colors. They represented real people and served as symbols of power.
Islamic art of the Seljuks
The Seljuks were a Turkish dynasty of nomadic origin from Central Asia. The dynasty began to rule the eastern Islamic world after defeating Ghazni in the Battle of Dandanakan and the overthrow of the Bugid dynasty. Continue reading
Any chronological account of the origin and evolution of a sculpture should occupy several volumes, if not a whole library, respectively, its summary means that most of the historical facts will inevitably be omitted. Nevertheless, even such a far from complete excursion into the history of sculpture will be replete with wonderful stories of extraordinary masters who directed their talent to create marble, terracotta, bronze sculptures and reliefs. The works of sculptors do not lose relevance in our time.
Prehistoric and Neolithic sculpture
The history of sculpture originates in the Stone Age. The earliest known works (for example, “Venus from Berekhat Rama” and “Venus from Tan-Tan”) date from about 230,000–200,000 BC.
Venus from Berehat Ram
The objects of prehistoric sculpture were various animals and human figures. The material for the works was mammoth Continue reading
The development of sculpture at the beginning of the XIX century is associated with a significant influence of neoclassicism on sculpture and art. Moreover, over the course of a century, this influence gradually waned, and the greatest masters of Europe increasingly perpetuated in their works the monarchs and rulers of the countries in which they lived. This era gave mankind a great many famous sculptures that went down in the history of world art. The 19th century can rightfully be considered the century of conservatism, which was manifested primarily in the sculpture and stucco work of the masters of this era. Let us recall the greatest sculptors of the 19th century and analyze their influence on the global creative environment. Continue reading