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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

Lady under the veil
While The entire piece of these sculptures is 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. And we have nothing to do but admire the skillfulness of a Sculptor, who deserves our admiration. Indeed, beautiful women wrapped in marble veil represent the vanished epoch of fine masters of the past.
Undoubtedly, the visual illusion of three-dimensional object sculpture makes it quite unique. In addition, this effect 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 ‘Sara’

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”. Then, 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.

Meanwhile, the block, which was to become a statue, had two layers – one more transparent, and the other – more dense. Although these natural stones are hard to find, but they exist. First, the master had a story in his head, and 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

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