Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Living Sculpture

The stories behind the art:

The proportions are not quite true to the human form; the head and upper body are somewhat larger than the proportions of the lower body. The hands are also larger than would be in regular proportions. One explanation is that the statue was originally intended to be placed on a church façade or high pedestal, and that the proportions would appear correct when the statue was viewed from some distance below.

This is a copy of the statue standing in the original location of David, in front of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans
Little Dancer of fourtten years:

The original wax model was acquired by Paul Mellon in 1956. Beginning in 1985, Mr and Mrs Mellon gave the US National Gallery of Art 49 Degas waxes, 10 bronzes and 2 plasters, the largest group of original Degas sculptures, among them this sculpture.

Degas' heirs (wife and daughter) made the decision to have 27 of them cast in bronze. The casting went on at the Hébrard foundry in Paris from 1920 until the mid-20th Century, producing the posthumous Degas bronzes that can be seen in many museums.

Like many of Rodin's best-known individual sculptures, including The Thinker, the embracing couple depicted in The Kiss sculpture appeared originally as part of a group of reliefs decorating Rodin's monumental bronze portal The Gates of Hell, commissioned for a planned museum of art in Paris. The museum was never built.


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