Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sculpture in the Louvre

The Louvre has quite a few sculptures in it besides those in the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman sections. They have a large section of French and Italian sculptures. Most of them are ones I've never heard of. That doesn't mean they're insignificant, it just means that I know little about the subject! There are quite a few busts of the upper torsoes and heads of famous people too. Some of the more famous busts and whole body sculptures are those of the famous French atheist and writer, Voltair. If you see portraits of Voltair you will understand why he reminds me of Bill Maher. I imagine he had much of the same attitude as Bill Maher does too. Bitterness, sarcasm, and biting humor seem to exude from both men.

Voltaire, by Houdon

Probably the most famous sculptures in the Louvre (besides Winged Victory and the Venus de Milo) are the two "Slaves" of Michelangelo. One is called "Dying Slave" and the other is called "Rebel Slave."

Rebel Slave, by Michelangelo

One other sculpture that interests me is that of the infamous Cardinal Richelieu by Bernini. This was one of the most powerful men in Europe for a very long time. He is usually portrayed as villainous and power-hungry.

Cardinal Richelieu, by Bernini

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