Apart from the architecture and the paintings, the beauty of the Louvre museum is alive with its collection of statues and sculptures.
The Louvre museum’s statues are historical artworks of renowned artists like Michelangelo and Antonio Canova.
Vénus de Milo
You’ll find the Venus de Milo standing beautifully at the Louvre.
The Mona Lisa of sculptures, Vénus de Milo is a sculpture of mystery as the woman’s identity remains unknown.
The absence of the figure’s arms makes it difficult to determine its identity.
Many people believe the sculpture to be of Venus or Aphrodite, the goddess of love and fertility, but it remains unconfirmed.
Alexandros of Antioch was the great mind behind this classic Greek sculpture.
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Michaelangelo constructed ‘The Slaves’ namely the Rebellious Slave and the Dying Slave.
These expressive statues represent different emotions: arms behind his back, the Dying Slave is bound, while the Rebellious Slave stands erect, content to die.
The Slaves are considered windows into human life by many and stand in a room named after their sculptor Michaelangelo.
Victoire de Samothrace
The Victoire de Samothrace is one of the most detailed sculptures you’ll find at the Louvre.
It was sculpted by Demetrius Poliocretes in the Hellenistic era and built as a tribute to the goddess Nike of victory in any field.
The original location of the structure is still unknown, and even though the Louvre salvaged it, the arms and head remain undetectable.
Even though Victoire de Samothrace was built 2,000 years ago, its accurate and intricate modeling masks its age.
Psyché Ranimée par le Baiser de l’Amour
In this piece, Antonio Canova draws inspiration from Ovid’s Metamorphoses’ epic tale of Cupid and Psyche.
The scene depicts an embrace between Cupid and Psyche.
It is an artwork from the Romantic Neoclassical era which exhibits extreme detail and beauty and visitors often remark on the realistic features of the figures.
Sleeping Hermaphrodite On Bed
The Sleeping Hermaphrodite On Bed presents masculine and feminine aspects of the hermaphrodite.
Believed to be perfectly sculpted by the Romans and the Greeks, the sculpture celebrates the hermaphrodite’s sexuality.
Bernini’s craftsmanship can be observed in this sculpture and in his other artworks, including churches and buildings.
Milo Of Croton
Pierre Puget sculpted Milo of Croton as a tribute to the great Greek wrestler Milo.
The figure depicts Milo of Croton splitting a tree trunk with his bare hands.
He subsequently gets caught and is devoured by wolves.
Even though he met a terrible end, Milo’s name is still synonymous with strength.
The Three Graces
A combination of the sculptures of the three daughters of Zeus; the Three Graces is a work by Antonio Canova.
From left to right, the women are Euphrosyne representing cheer, Aglaea representing elegance, and Thalia representing beauty.
The flawlessly sculpted figures stand for the aesthetic and intellectual sides of the Greeks and Romans.
Saint Mary Magdalene
The painted wooden sculpture of Saint Mary Magdalene was crafted by Gregor Erhart.
You’ll observe its great similarity with The Birth of Venus, painted by Sandro Botticelli, thirty years before the sculpture’s curation.
The stunning sculpture was acquired from the church of Saint Mary Magdalene in the Dominican convent of Augsburg.
Alexander And Diogenes
The sculpture made by Pierre Puget depicts the encounter scene between Alexander, the Great and Diogenes, the philosopher.
Alexander the Great enters the scene with his army of soldiers who overlook Diogenes on the ground.
Shadowed by his dislike for the wealthy, Diogenes motions for Alexander to leave his light while Alexander observes humbly.
Denis Foyatier depicts Spartacus breaking free of his chains and beginning to fight back.
The figure is backed by immense history from the era in protest of Charles X and is an important piece of the Romantic Period.
Immediate popularity gained by the sculpture can be attributed to its expressive handiwork.
Chevaux de Marly
Chevaux de Marly or Horses of Marly, is one of the most well-known enormous marble sculptures of its era.
The wild horse symbolizes the conflict between man and nature.
Some Greek and Roman sculptures are believed to have been a source of inspiration for Guillaume Coustou for this particular sculpture.
A Moai Statue from Easter Island
Moai statues are remains of the formerly flourished Easter Island found in museums worldwide.
This Moai statue with the characteristic flat head is believed to be the head of an ancestor or a god.
The whole statue is about five meters tall and the head is two-fifths of the figure’s overall size.
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