What is sculpture?

  • (noun): A three-dimensional work of plastic art.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Sculpture

Sculpture is the branch of the visual arts that operates in three dimensions, and one of the plastic arts. Durable sculptural processes originally used carving (the removal of material) and modelling (the addition of material, as clay), in stone, metal, ceramics, wood and other materials but, since modernism, shifts in sculptural process led to an almost complete freedom of materials and process. A wide variety of materials may be worked by removal such as carving, assembled by welding or modelling, or molded, or cast.

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Propaganda In The People's Republic Of China - Influence Operations in The United States - Famous Propaganda Works - Sculpture
... Rent Collection Courtyard (收租院), a 1965 sculpture depicting former landlord Liu Wencai as an evil landlord collecting rent from poor, although this depiction has been disputed by ...
Lion Man Of The Hohlenstein Stadel
... lion person"), then the lion lady (German Löwenfrau), is an ivory sculpture that is the oldest known zoomorphic (animal-shaped) sculpture in the world and one of the oldest known ... The sculpture has also been interpreted as anthropomorphic, giving human characteristics to an animal, although it may have represented a deity ... years old by carbon dating material from the same layer in which the sculpture was found ...
Sculpture - Anti-sculpture Movements
... of which initially accepted large sculptures ... In both Christianity and Buddhism these early views were later reversed, and sculpture became very significant, especially in Buddhism ... Christian Eastern Orthodoxy has never accepted monumental sculpture, and Islam has consistently rejected nearly all figurative sculpture ...
Kennesaw State University - Campus - Social Sciences Building - Spaceship Earth
... Social Sciences Building is a 350,000-pound (160,000 kg) sculpture entitled "Spaceship Earth", created by Finnish American artist Eino ... The sculpture was commissioned by the Maxwell Family Foundation in memory of the late environmentalist David Brower ... The sculpture was intended to be a permanent reminder to future generations to take care of their delicate planet ...

More definitions of "sculpture":

  • (verb): Shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it.
    Synonyms: sculpt, grave
  • (noun): Creating figures or designs in three dimensions.
    Synonyms: carving
  • (verb): Create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material.
    Synonyms: sculpt

Famous quotes containing the word sculpture:

    Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain.
    Elie Wiesel (b. 1928)

    You should go to picture-galleries and museums of sculpture to be acted upon, and not to express or try to form your own perfectly futile opinion. It makes no difference to you or the world what you may think of any work of art. That is not the question; the point is how it affects you. The picture is the judge of your capacity, not you of its excellence; the world has long ago passed its judgment upon it, and now it is for the work to estimate you.
    Anna C. Brackett (1836–1911)

    Ah, to build, to build!
    That is the noblest art of all the arts.
    Painting and sculpture are but images,
    Are merely shadows cast by outward things
    On stone or canvas, having in themselves
    No separate existence. Architecture,
    Existing in itself, and not in seeming
    A something it is not, surpasses them
    As substance shadow.
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)