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Lady under the veil

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

Lady under the veil

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