We will return to look at the works of Castrillo’s in a later blog and you can judge for yourself. The Hero Image for today is Castrillo's Pieta.

Textile Works also, of course, provoke a tactile response and we will be looking at these in the futile especially as they are growing in momentum as an art form.

(Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art)

In most cases sculptures don’t have a range of colour as employed in most paintings. For me, this is adds to the appeal of sculptures so it’s not all about the feel. Although I love to paint brightly coloured paintings I much prefer black and white photography to coloured. And my favourite sculptures are made from bronze with just a touch of green. Bronze and brass turn green due chemical reactions between the copper in those alloys and the atmosphere. The green is most often copper carbonate. This coloring is called a Patina or Verdigris and the Statue of Liberty is the most iconic example of this effect.

The Statue of Liberty is made of an iron frame with a sheet of pure copper hung over it. The torch flame is so bright because it is coated in gold leaf instead of copper. However, it wasn’t always that way—the flame, too, was originally coated in copper. During renovations to the statue in 1916, Gutzon Borglum, the man who sculpted Mount Rushmore, was appointed to cut away much of the copper surface of the torch’s flame and install glass windows. Snow and rain leaked in through the windows, aiding in corrosion. In the mid-1980s (the statue’s 100th birthday), the old torch was removed due to excessive damage and placed in the monument’s museum. The replacement torch is now covered with gold leaf. (Wikipedia)

But the real reason I love this statue is that the talent of the French sculptor Emmanuel Frémiet won over the culturally British city of Melbourne who were at first horrified that we had a statue of the young French girl Joan, The Maid of Orléans who joined with a French army and guided them in driving the English out of Orleans in 1429 during the Hundred Years’ War.  You can read the story of the statue of Joan and the controversy here.

(Credit: Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license photo by Rosemania)

Marcus Aurelius ruled with his adoptive brother, Lucius Verus, until Verus' death in 169, and with his son, Commodus, from 177. Aurelius was the last of the rulers traditionally known as the Five Good Emperors. I'm not really into Roman Emperors but Marcus Aurelius is one of my favourite philosophers, practitioner of Stoicism and his writings are considered by many to be amongst the greatest of works of philosophy.  

This statue of Aurelius is the only original Roman bronze equestrian monument that has survived. Marcus Aurelius rides with his feet hanging free because stirrups hadn’t yet been invented. For a detailed description of the statue please follow this link

Please let me know your favourite sculptures and I will showcase them.