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Night in the Museum – Sculptures with Classical Influence

February 12, 2017

Just a brief post today as I have been busy but I thought I would share just a few photos from a trip to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. My partner recommended the exhibition as the concept of figurative sculpture as observer of other artistic pieces sounded fascinating. I usually prefer less abstract pieces of art but found it to be informative and challenging of my usual taste. Whilst exploring the exhibition I saw links back to ancient sculpture in a number of the pieces presented and these are below with a comparison photo, enjoy.

There are direct comparisons where the artist Darbyshire has recreated a piece in a modern material.

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Doryphoros (2015) Matthew Darbyshire

Doryphoros – Roman copy of bronze original by Polykleitos. Napels National Archaeological Museum (Marie-Lan Nguyen: 2011)

There are pieces that draw upon classical influences, Dobson appears to have been influenced by the Aphrodite of Cnidus in the formation of the piece.

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The Fount (1947-48) Frank Dobson

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Capitoline Venus – variation of the Aphrodite of Cnidus by Praxiteles. The Capitoline Museum.

Similar influences are seen in the in seated figure tying her sandal and the classical images of Aphrodite.

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Seated Figure (1951) Uli Nimptsch

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Terracotta figurine of Aphrodite removing her sandal (late 4th-early 1st BC century) Archaeological Museum Pella.

One final example is a modern depiction of a white sculpture (apologies I did not note the details of the artist, if anyone knows them please post them below) that could be compared with the Kore statues in form, stance and expression.

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Kor au pŽplos, en marbre de Paros, vers 530 av. J.-C. MusŽe de l'Acropole, 679.

Peplos Kore (c.530 BC) – Acropolis Museum

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