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date: 05 Sep
The Unveiling of Michelangelo’s David    - 8th September 1504 -    The Italian Renaissance painter and architect Giorgio Vasari said that once you had seen Michelangelo’s David there was no point in ever seeing another sculpture – such was its perfection. Standing at nearly seventeen feet tall and weighing in at 12,473 pounds, the statue, carved...
tags:
  • 16th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • Classical Art
  • Sculpture
  • This week in history
date: 11 Jul
11th July 1975  -  “There are 7 wonders of the world and the discovery of the Terracotta Army, we may say, is the 8th miracle of the world. No-one who has not seen the pyramids can claim to have visited Egypt, and now, I’d say that no-one who has not seen the terracotta figures can claim to have visited China.” So said Jacques Chirac, the former...
tags:
  • 20th Century
  • Emperors
  • Empires
  • Sculpture
  • This week in history
date: 06 Apr
8th April 1820 Little could Alexandros of Antioch have thought around 150BC that his statue would take on propaganda value nearly 2000 years later? In 1815 the French were forced to hand back the Medici Venus, then thought of as the finest piece of Greek classical sculpture, after Napoleon had looted it. The new statue,discovered five years later...
tags:
  • 19th Century
  • Ancient Greece
  • Classical Art
  • Emperors
  • Sculpture