What is sculpture?

  • (noun): Creating figures or designs in three dimensions.
    Synonyms: carving
    See also — Additional definitions below


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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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 ...
Lion Man Of The Hohlenstein Stadel
... literally "lion person"), then the lion lady (German Löwenfrau), is an ivory sculpture that is the oldest known zoomorphic (animal-shaped) sculpture in ... 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 ...
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 modern accounts ...
Jane Frank - After 1967: Sculptures, and Further Development of The "apertured" Paintings - Sculpture: Depths and Shadows, Reflections and Refractions
... toward the creation of free-standing sculpture, i.e ... sculptures properly speaking, as opposed to "sculptural paintings" or mixed media works on canvas ... The sculptures, with their clean lines and surfaces, often in sleek lucite or aluminium, completely dispense with the earthy, gritty qualities of those "sculptural landscape" canvases ...
Kennesaw State University - Campus - Social Sciences Building - Spaceship Earth
... to the 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":

  • (noun): A three-dimensional work of plastic art.
  • (verb): Create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material.
    Synonyms: sculpt
  • (verb): Shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it.
    Synonyms: sculpt, grave

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    There are men whose manners have the same essential splendor as the simple and awful sculpture on the friezes of the Parthenon, and the remains of the earliest Greek art.
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    I look on Sculpture as history. I do not think the Apollo and the Jove impossible in flesh and blood. Every trait the artist recorded in stone, he had seen in life, and better than his copy.
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