You Won't Believe This Is Marble!

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 03:04
You Won't Believe This Is Marble!

The works of the old masters never cease to fascinate. Yes, they are  called masterpieces for a reason.

The Veiled Virgin is a marble statue carved by the Italian sculptor Giovanni Strazza, depicting the bust of a veiled Blessed Virgin Mary. The statue was completed in the middle of the 19th century.

The Veiled Virgin
The Veiled Virgin

The statue Chastity by Antonio Corradini is made of marble in 1752. Can be seen in the Chapel of San Severo in Naples. The sculpture was actually a tombstone for Prince Raimondo de Sangro and represents his mother, who gave her life for his. The thin veil has received numerous comments regarding both the craftsmanship and the controversy of such statue in a grave.

Veiled Truth (also called Modesty or Chastity)
Veiled Truth (also called Modesty or Chastity)

The Rape of Proserpina is a large marble sculptural group by Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini, completed in 1622, when Bernini was only 23 years old. It depicts the Abduction of Proserpina, where Proserpina is seized and taken to the underworld by the god Pluto. The artist said “I defeated marble and modeled it like wax” when he presented his work.

The Rape of Proserpina
The Rape of Proserpina
The Rape of Proserpina
The Rape of Proserpina

Release from Deception (Il Disinganno) by Francesco Queirolo – this statue shows a fisherman being released from a net by an angel. The masterpiece is carved from a single piece of marble and can be seen in Capella San Severo, Naples. The project was so ambitious and considered even impossible to be completed, so from all masters in the country only Francesco was brave enough to agree on doing it.

Release from Deception (Il Disinganno)
Release from Deception (Il Disinganno)
Release from Deception (Il Disinganno)
Release from Deception (Il Disinganno)

Giuseppe Sammartino was born in Naples in 1720. His first work is The Veiled Christ, commissioned initially from the Venetian sculptor Antonio Corradini who did not live to complete the work. Sammartino interpreted his sketches freely to create a masterful sculpture showing a body under a thin veil.

The Veiled Christ
The Veiled Christ

Veiled Vestal, by Raffaele Monti (1818–1881) – Italian sculptor, author and poet born in Milan.

Veiled Vestal
Veiled Vestal

The last piece is more modern – Ballerina, by Kevin Francis Gray completed in 2011.

Ballerina
Ballerina