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Discover the most famous sculptures in the world

Discover the most famous sculptures in the world

Travelling, discovering new places and immersing yourself in the culture and wisdom of other cultures are some of the greatest pleasures life has to offer. If we could, we would spend all of our time discovering more and more about the customs and history of our ancestors. Sculptures, for example, have the capacity to provide us with a mountain of knowledge, thanks to the fact that they have been preserved for so many years. Discover with us the most famous stone sculptures, those that marked a turning point in the history of art.

Various different cultures and civilisations have left behind an array of sculptures, monuments and other structures that still amaze us to this day. Here is a selection of the most well-known.

David, the most famous Roman sculpture in the world

There is no doubt that when we think about all of the stone sculptures that exist throughout the world, the first one that will always come to mind when someone simply says the word “sculpture” is David by Michelangelo. It was sculpted at the beginning of the 16th century and is exactly 5.17 metres tall.

Impressive! From when it was first sculpted in the 16th century until today, it has been considered the best representation of the model of ideal western beauty.

The work represents King David when he confronted Goliath, and it marked a watershed for its time due to the influence of the counterweight adopted by the figure's posture. Where can you visit it? At the Accademia Gallery in Florence.

The Statue of Liberty, the queen of contemporary sculptures

Located on Liberty Island, to the south of Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty welcomes everyone who approaches the Big Apple by sea. It was actually placed there because the sculptor wanted as many people as possible to be able to see it, so he chose the location himself. This iconic monument was a gift from France to the USA to commemorate the first centenary of the United States Declaration of Independence, and as a symbol of friendship and respect between the two nations. It is 46 metres tall and weighs 156 tons, hardly anything then!

The Venus de Milo, the quintessential Greek sculpture

The Venus de Milo, or the Aphrodite of Milos, was named after the Greek island where it was discovered, and is quite possibly the most famous Greek sculpture ever. It was a farmer who found it, unearthed it and sold it to a French ambassador in 1820. However, it is believed to have been created at some point between 130 and 100 B.C. to represent the god Aphrodite, or Venus from Roman mythology, the god of love and beauty. The statue is 2.11 metres tall and is currently one of the most popular sculptures for visitors to the Louvre in Paris.

Christ the Redeemer, the biggest tourist attraction in Brazil

Christ the Redeemer is one of the most well-known images of Rio de Janeiro. It is located at the peak of the Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca National Park, 700 metres above sea level. It is 38 metres tall and weighs around 1,200 tons, and is actually the largest Art Deco piece that has ever been made. Although the idea of raising a statue of Christ had already been proposed a century earlier, it was not until 1921 that this idea was picked up again. The construction then began in 1926. Wow!

Would you like to know an interesting fact about it? The heart is a perfect piece and inside of it is the family tree of Héctor Levi, the man responsible for building the statue. With this small gesture the designer wanted to symbolise the surrender of both himself and his family to Christ the Redeemer.

The gigantic moai stone sculptures on Easter Island This is more than just one statue, it is a collection of more than 600 monolithic stone sculptures that have led to a host of questions that have still not been answered with certainty to this day. Although nobody knows for sure when they were carved, it is most commonly believed that they were made by the Polynesian inhabitants of Easter Island (Chile), where they are found, as a representation of their ancestors between the 9th and 16th centuries.

Out of all the moai statues, the one that stands out the most is Te Tokanga, in Raraku. Although it was never finished, it is more than 21 metres tall and would have weighed more than 270 tons had it been completed.

Stonehenge, the stones that have caused controversy among experts

Stonehenge is one of the most well-known stone monuments. It is a collection of large blocks of metamorphic rock from the end of the Neolithic period. Construction began 5000 years ago and continued intermittently for over 1500 years. Although nobody knows exactly why it was built, what we do know is that the stone blocks are aligned to mark the sunrise and sunset during the winter and summer solstices. However, some historians and geologists claim that they are actually an astronomical calendar, while others argue that they had a religious use and were for holding ceremonies, or that they were used for medical purposes. The truth is that we will never be able to fully unravel the mysteries behind these stones, but that is what makes them so fascinating.

Famous sculptures that have marked a turning point

We wish we could visit and see every single one of the fine art monuments in the world with our own eyes. Our goal for now is to see all of those that we have just mentioned. Have you visited any of them? You must have! Tell us about the sculpture that you found most impressive and which ones are on your wish list to visit in the future.