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SCULPTURE
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Here the marble statues breathe in rows.
      - Joseph Addison

The statue lies hid in a block of marble; and the art of the statuary only clears away the superfluous matter, and removes the rubbish.
      - Joseph Addison

Madame de Stael pronounced architecture to be frozen music; so is statuary crystallized spirituality.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

It was Dante who called this noble art God's grandchild.
      - Washington Allston

A Mercury is not made out of any block of wood.
  [Lat., Ex quovis ligno non fit Mercurius.]
      - quoted by Apuleius (Appuleius),
        as a saying of Pythagoras

A sculptor wields
  The chisel, and the stricken marble grows
    To beauty.
      - William Cullen Bryant, The Flood of Years

Where are the forms the sculptor's soul hath seized? In him alone, Can nature show as fair?
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Sculptors are obliged to follow the manners of the painters, and to make many ample folds, which are unsufferable hardness, and more like a rock than a natural garment.
      - John Dryden

The idea of the painter and the sculptor is undoubtedly that perfect and excellent example of the mind, by imitation of which imagined form all things are represented which fall under human sight.
      - John Dryden

Thy shape in every part so clean as might instruct the sculptor's art.
      - John Dryden

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,
        Society and Solitude--Art

Not from a vain or shallow thought
  His awful Jove young Phidias brought.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Problem

The ideal is to be obtained by selecting and assembling in one whole the beauties and perfections which are usually seen in different individuals, excluding everything defective or unseemly, so as to form a type or model of the species.
      - William Fleming

From the feet, Hercules.
  [Lat., Ex pede Herculem.]
      - Herodotus ("Father of History") bk. IV, sec. LXXXII

Such is the strength of art, rough things to shape.
      - James Howell (Howel)

Milton was a genius that could cut a colossus from a rock, but could not carve heads upon cherry-stones.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The value of statuary is owing to its difficulty. You would not value the finest head cut upon a carrot.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

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, Michael Angelo
         (pt. III, 5)

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, Michael Angelo
         (pt. III, 5)

The stone unhewn and cold
  Becomes a living mould,
    The more the marble wastes
      The more the statue grows.
      - Michelangelo (Michelangelo Buonarrotti),
        Sonnet,
        (Mrs. Henry Roscoe's translation)

And the cold marble leapt to life a God.
      - Rev. Henry Hart Milman,
        The Belvedere Apollo

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 (originally Aristocles},
        in "Greek Anthology"

Then sculpture and her sister arts revived; stones leaped to form, and rocks began to live.
      - Alexander Pope

Then marble, soften'd into life, grew warm.
      - Alexander Pope, Second Book of Horace
         (ep. I, l. 146)

Like the Grecian, woos the image he himself has wrought.
      - Matthew Prior


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