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Lady under the veil

Lady under the veil

‘Undine Rising from the Waters’, ca. 1880–1892, by Chauncey Bradley Ives (1810–1894), in the Yale University Art Gallery

Lady under the veil. The entire piece of these sculptures is made of marble, it’s hard to believe that this is not a living woman’s body, covered with a wet cloth, but the cold marble. We have nothing to do but admire the skillfulness of a Sculptor, who deserves our admiration. Beautiful women wrapped in marble veil, vanished epoch of fine masters of the past.

Lady under the veil

Antonio Corradini ‘Sara’

The visual illusion of three-dimensional object sculpture makes it quite unique. This effect is used in various works of art for the visual perception of two-dimensional plane, like three-dimensional. Interestingly, this effect works at any angle and at any distance from the object.

Lady under the veil

Antonio Corradini. Veiled Woman (Puritas)

To start, the wizard sculptor practiced on a regular stone. He took nudes, draped fabrics of all sorts and different density, looked at the “behavior of folds”. The skilled master began to work with marble stone. Anyone who saw the stones on the beach, noticed that some are more transparent, and some, when viewed through the sun rays are too thin and delicate like glass.

Lady under the veil

Antonio Corradini. Veiled Woman (Puritas)

The block, which was to become a statue, had two layers – one more transparent, the other – more dense. These natural stones are hard to find, but they exist. The master had a story in his head, he knew what marble he was looking for. He was observing the texture surface, and went to the boundary separating the denser and more transparent part of the stone. As a result, the remains of the transparent part of the stone gave the effect of the veil.

Lady under the veil

Standing in the Louvre in Paris and only about 138cm tall… The identity of the sculptor is unknown, as is the identity of the subject – a beautiful woman with her face veiled

Lady under the veil

Standing in the Louvre in Paris and only about 138cm tall… The identity of the sculptor is unknown, as is the identity of the subject – a beautiful woman with her face veiled

Lady under the veil

statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in marble, by Strazza

Lady under the veil

statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in marble, by Strazza

Lady under the veil

Statuette of a veiled and masked dancer, Hellenistic, 3rd–2nd century B.C. – Greek. Bronze

Lady under the veil

Terracotta head of a veiled woman. 2nd–1st century B.C. Culture – Greek, Cypriot

Lady under the veil

The Bride – Porcelain – Raffaelle Monti [Italian sculptor 1818-1881] – c. 1873

Lady under the veil

The first dated work – marble Christ, under the shroud (1753), originally commissioned to sculptor Antonio Corradini, in the Chapel of San Severo

Lady under the veil

The sculpture has caused admiration of Antonio Canova, who, according to him, would have given ten years of his life to become the author of such works. Legend has it that the real veil petrified.

Lady under the veil

The technique is as old as the Greeks, as this sculpture from the IV Century a.C. shows (Metropolitan Museum).

The veiled Vestal Virgin by Raffaelle Monti

The veiled Vestal Virgin by Raffaelle Monti

The veiled Vestal Virgin by Raffaelle Monti

The veiled Vestal Virgin by Raffaelle Monti

The veiled Vestal Virgin by Raffaelle Monti

The veiled Vestal Virgin by Raffaelle Monti

The veiled Virgin

The veiled Virgin

Lady under the veil

Under the transparent silk veil, Elizabeth Ackroyd, 19th Century marble bust with faux-transparent veil, Bankfield Museum, Halifax, West Yorkshire, England

Veiled Vestal Virgin by Raffaelle Monti,Chatsworth House

Veiled Vestal Virgin by Raffaelle Monti,Chatsworth House

Veiled Woman (second quarter of the 18th century)

Veiled Woman (second quarter of the 18th century)

Veiled Woman Statue. Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetary), Vienna

Veiled Woman Statue. Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetary), Vienna

Veiled woman. sculpture at the Loeb Art Center.

Veiled woman. sculpture at the Loeb Art Center.

Veritas. Raffaelle Monti

Veritas. Raffaelle Monti

Warsaw. Powązki. Tomb sculpture - woman with a veiled face.

Warsaw. Powązki. Tomb sculpture – woman with a veiled face.

ХХ century - Kevin Frances Gray

ХХ century – Kevin Frances Gray

ХХ century - Kevin Frances Gray

ХХ century – Kevin Frances Gray

ХХ century - Kevin Frances Gray

ХХ century – Kevin Frances Gray

Atlanta museum, veiled lady

Atlanta museum, veiled lady

Bust of a Veiled Woman (Puritas) 1717 - 1725. Museo del Settecento Veneziano, Ca' Rezzonico, Venice, Italy. Sculpture, Marble. Done by Antonio Corradini

Bust of a Veiled Woman (Puritas) 1717 – 1725. Museo del Settecento Veneziano, Ca’ Rezzonico, Venice, Italy. Sculpture, Marble. Done by Antonio Corradini

Circassian Slave. Artist Raffaelle Monti. 1861

Circassian Slave. Artist Raffaelle Monti. 1861

Dream of sorrow and joy of dreams. Made in London by Raffaelle Monti. 1861

Dream of sorrow and joy of dreams. Made in London by Raffaelle Monti. 1861

Elizabeth Ackroyd, the twentieth century, the Museum of Benkfield

Elizabeth Ackroyd, the twentieth century, the Museum of Benkfield

Female bust. Anatol Nowak

Female bust. Anatol Nowak

Ghost Girl by Kevin Frances Gray.

Ghost Girl by Kevin Frances Gray.

Ghost Girl by Kevin Frances Gray.

Ghost Girl by Kevin Frances Gray.

Giuseppe Croff (d. 1869) - The Veiled Nun, 1860

Giuseppe Croff (d. 1869) – The Veiled Nun, 1860

Lady under the veil

Giuseppe Sanmartino, one of the most famous sculptor of his time, which masterpiece, Il Cristo Velato, is hosted by Sansevero Chapel, the legend says that a real veil was petrified thanks to alchemical processes

La pudizia

La pudizia

Marble Bust of a Veiled Maiden Signed By Raffaello Monti

Marble Bust of a Veiled Maiden Signed By Raffaello Monti

Marble Head of Veiled Woman (4th c. BC, Greek, PC, NY Met)

Marble Head of Veiled Woman (4th c. BC, Greek, PC, NY Met)

Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

Petrodvorets, Russia. The sculpture of 'Lady under the veil'. Sculptures by Antonio Corradini

Petrodvorets, Russia. The sculpture of ‘Lady under the veil’. Sculptures by Antonio Corradini

Lady under the veil. Rafaele Monti

Lady under the veil. Rafaele Monti

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