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20 Sculpture Quotes

There are three forms of visual art: Painting is art to look at, sculpture is art you can walk around, and architecture is art you can walk through

Dan Rice Quotes

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Not from a vain or shallow thought His awful Jove young Phidias brought.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes , Source: The Problem

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Sculpture is more divine, and more like Nature, That fashions all her works in high relief, And that is Sculpture. This vast ball, the Earth, Was moulded out of clay, and baked in fire; Men, women, and all animals that breathe Are statues, and not paintings.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes , Source: Michael Angelo (pt. III, 5)

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I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Second Book of Horace (ep. I, l. 146)

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The best artist has that thought alone Which is contained within the marble shell; The sculptor's hand can only break the spell To free the figures slumbering in the stone

Michelangelo Quotes

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All my life as an artist I have asked myself: What pushes me continually to make sculpture? I have found the answer. art is an action against death. It is a denial of death.

Jacques Lipchitz Quotes

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I did my sculpture as a painter. I did not work as a sculptor.

Henri Matisse Quotes

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A Mercury is not made out of any block of wood. [Lat., Ex quovis ligno non fit Mercurius.]

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A sculptor wields The chisel, and the stricken marble grows To beauty.

William Cullen Bryant Quotes , Source: The Flood of Years

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A Mercury is not made out of any block of wood. [Lat., Ex quovis ligno non fit Mercurius.]

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In sculpture did ever anybody call the Apollo a fancy piece? Or say of the Laocoon how it might be made difference? A masterpiece of art has in the mind a fixed place in the chain of being, as much as a plant or a crystal.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes , Source: Society and Solitude--Art

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From the feet, Hercules. [Lat., Ex pede Herculem.]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes , Source: Society and Solitude--Art

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Sculpture is more than painting. It is greater To raise the dead to life than to create Phantoms that seem to live.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes , Source: Michael Angelo (pt. III, 5)

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The stone unhewn and cold Becomes a living mould, The more the marble wastes The more the statue grows.

Michelangelo Buonarotti Quotes , Source: Sonnet, (Mrs. Henry Roscoe's translation)

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And the cold marble leapt to life a God.

Rev. Henry Hart Milman Quotes , Source: The Belvedere Apollo

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The Paphian Queen to Cnidos made repair Across the tide to see her image there: Then looking up and round the prospect wide, When did Praxiteles see me thus? she cried.

Plato Quotes , Source: in "Greek Anthology"

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Then marble, soften'd into life, grew warm.

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Second Book of Horace (ep. I, l. 146)

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The scupltor does not work for the anatomist, but for the common observer of life and nature.

Bayard Ruskin Quotes , Source: True and Beautiful--Sculpture

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So stands the statue that enchants the world, So bending tries to veil the matchless boast, The mingled beauties of exulting Greece.

James Thomson (1) Quotes , Source: Seasons--Summer (l. 1,346)

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The marble index of a mind forever Voyaging through strange seas of thought, alone.

William Wordsworth Quotes , Source: The Prelude (bk. III)

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