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Location: Florence --> Italy

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tecciztecatl Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
Great photo :) This is Hercules by Bandinelli isn't it? I read that he wanted to make it better than Michelangelo's David, and it's certainly bigger with a more elaborate base, but the anatomy is a little ridiculous! Apparently Cellini described the figures as looking like 'a sack full of melons'! I doubt anyone will ever outdo Michelangelo...
Geanfrancois Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, it's ''Ercole e Caco" (a.C. 1543) by Baccio Bandinelli! :D
"His sculptures have never inspired the admiration given those of Michelangelo" it's thruth! Michelangelo was the best sculptor together with Antonio Canova
tecciztecatl Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
Canova was certainly a genius but to be honest I'm not fond of Neoclassical sculpture. I know it's a matter of personal taste, but for me the faces look lifeless and the bodies look static, even in violent poses. Canova's Theseus and the Centaur for example, is a beautiful work - I love the rendering of the twist in the centaur's torso, but I find Theseus to be quite boring in comparison. There's no life or movement to his limbs and no expression on his face. I think Canova was held back by the fashion of his time cause the terracotta sketches he made were incredibly dynamic and full of passion.
Geanfrancois Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you know ''Dedalo e Icaro''? (Dedalus and Icarus)
Dedalo's skin is incredibly realistic and detailed, it seems really had been consuming for the time. it doesn't seem really to be lifeless and static.
tecciztecatl Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
No I hadn't heard of it before. I just took a look and it's a totally different style to most of his other work. It's not idealised at all but it is extremely well observed, I guess from life.

Canova was clearly a very versatile sculptor, but I still think Michelangelo was far better. In idealising the human form I feel that the Neoclassicists often reduced what we are to cold lifeless blocks, but Michelangelo seemed to see inside what it is to be human, our greatest and worst traits, and took the marble blocks to greater heights than ever before or since. The David, or the reclining figures in the Medici Chapel, the series of Slaves, the anatomy and postures of these figures are often improbable or impossible, sometimes the proportions are wrong but he always used these distortions to express this powerful vision of mankind that dominated his life. I can't even express it properly in words, it just seems to me that his figures are so much more than human.
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