LEADING SCULPTORS AND ARTISTS
ultcult.com has assembled many thousands of artworks categorised by artist, art movement and their current whereabouts – but just where do you start?
The ultcult.com editorial team has proposed a top 200 – 150 artists and 50 sculptors and highlighted their key artworks – so perhaps start here Below we provide ready access to these.
Posts S1 to S3 presents our selection of 50 key sculptors operating between 50,000 BCE to 2010 CE.
|S1 Sculptors – this focuses on the BCE years – 50,000 to 42 BC – with eighteen selected works of sculpture. |
Six of the first seven items are unattributed, the other is attributed to ancient Egyptian artist Thutmose (not the Pharaoh). These are the Venus of Tan-Tan, the Lion Man, the Magdalenian Horse, a Jade Dragon, Thutmose’s Nefertiti bust, a Bronze Buffalo and a Zhou Horse and Chariot Grave.
The other eleven are each attributable to sculptors, ten are ancient Greeks and one is Chinese.
These are Polymedes of Argos, Myron of Eleutherae, Phidias of Athens, Polykleitos of Argos, Praxiteles of Athens, Scopas of Paros (aka Skopas), Gu Kaizhi, Lysippos, Chares of Lindos, Alexandros of Antioch and a joint work by Hagesandrus, Polydorus and Athenodorus.
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‘Tan-Tan Venus‘ (50,000- 20,000 BCE, unattributed)
Nefertiti by Thutmose
Kleobis and Biton, two Archaic Greek kouros by Polymedes of Argos.
near Xia China
Laocoön and his Sons suggested to be the epitomy of human agony.
|S2 Sculptors – examines seventeen sculptors operating between the 7thc and the end of the 19thc. |
The first is from Korea, the second, a pier relief, is attributed to members of a monastery, the others are all European.
Thef irst is Korean Tori Busshi, the second a joint effort by Benedictine monks.
Followed by Cimabue (aka Cenni de Pepo), Donatello, Ghiberti, Michelangelo. Giambologna, Cellini, Bernini, Quellinus, Puget, Mazzuoli, Coustou, Pigalle, Canova, Rodin and Carpeaux.
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Tori Bushi’s Shaka triad (aka Buddha Shaka and Attendant Bodhisattvas) 623 CE.
A Byzantine Crucifix, originally designed by Cimabue.
Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne
|S3 Sculptors – presents fifteen sculptors operatng in the the 20th and 21st centuries. |
These are Maillol, Boccioni, Brâncuși, Sir Jacob Epstein, Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Barbara Hepworth, Isamu Noguchi, Jeff Koons, Tracey Emin, Louise Bourgeois, Antony Gormley, Eduardo Catalano, Damien Hirst and Anish Kapoor.
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Aristide Maillol’s L’Air
Anish Kapoor’s Turning the World Upside Down
Posts A1 to A6 look at our selection of 150 key painters selected to be representative from 375 CE to today.
Note that to minimise the entries and the opportunity for confusion, the text and image sources are not shown here – do follow the links to the artist or sculptor or their works and you will find a proper acknowledgement of the sources.