10 sculptors you need to know

By Sergio González | 15:54

Michelangelo’s David

If you love arts you already can name 10 different sculptors but if you don’t, here’s the essential list you’ll need to jump in every art conversation as a pro.

When faced with a blunt piece of material to work with, master sculptors always say to foresee the work they want and instead of carving it they just eliminate the other part; and that’s how we are doing it. We won’t be looking at one-time-hit sculptors, but the names who are here to stay.

The classic symmetry (or the unknown sculptors). We know about several classic Greek sculptors who made it through history thanks to Ancient Roman chroniclers but most Ancient Greek art was sadly lost to the passing of time.

Among the few that managed to survived, Praxiteles‘s works are among the best examples of early sculpture. “Hermes and the Infant Dionysus” is his master piece; to be admired at the Archaeological Museum in Olympia, Greece.

Myron and his “Discus Thrower” (also known as Discobolus) and Alexandros of Antioch and his “Venus de Milo” are the top three classic Greek sculptors, though it’s still disputed if they were the real makers of this pieces of art. But the crown of unknown sculptors is carried by possibly the most famous sculpture in the world, depicted almost in every shape, material country and city: “Lady Justice”.

The Italian Masters. Sculpture and Italy are so bound together in our minds that if we are to think about one sculpture all odd are we will be depicting “David”, “Moses” or “Pieta”. Donatello and Michelangelo are the finest among the already superb. If you are not that much into sculpture, these are the pieces that will make you fall for this higher art, just as Dali or Van Gogh will drive you into painting.

(Spoiler alert). Marble is among the hardest materials to be found in nature, and carving a 2 ton piece into a timeless piece of art takes its time, so it’s literally impossible for a single person to sculpt dozens of pieces. So, when they say this or that sculptor did a specific piece, they actually mean he designed it so one of his disciples could do the carving works.

Auguste Rodin may be one of the first names to prompt to mind, and his works are admired all over the world, but did you know he himself was a huge fan of another artist? Rodin loved Dante’s Divine Comedy and his two most important pieces, “The Thinker” and “The Kiss” are characters of Dante’s Inferno. The man depicted in The Kiss even holds a copy of the book, but it’s not the coolest thing about it: the lovers represent forbidden love, and if you look really close you’ll see they are not actually kissing.

Chillida’s The Comb of Wind

As we move into our own times, leading sculptors in the 20th century looked into Nature for inspiration and the organic works of Eduardo Chillida and Andy Goldsworthy are the most shocking land-art till date. Don’t miss Chillida’s works in San Sebastian, Spain, like the famous “The Comb of the Winds” or Goldsworthy’s works all over Scottish country-side.

And finally, to keep up with the current times, have a look at these amazing sculptors who are alive and working nowadays, when the trends are going bigger and more abstract. The colossal Angel of the North by Anthony Gormley and the purity of Marc Quinn‘s revisited classics should spark our interest in these guys.

Photo credit: Robert Scarth

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