Rome is known for many things, one of which is the exemplary art display all over the city. Many Italian artists and sculptors have created masterpieces that have surpassed their lifetime and will stand to amaze the future generations as well. Here’s a look at some of the best sculptures that Rome can boast of creating.
Apollo and Daphne by Bernini
Bernini started work on this life-sized marble statue when he was merely 24. His artistic genius portrays Apollo gasping Daphne and her trying to escape whilst her father transforms her into a laurel tree to escape Apollo’s clutches. The sculpture captures the precise moment when Daphne begins the transformation and we see her fingers getting turned into leaves.
Moses By Michelangelo
Michelangelo is renowned for his paintings but he was a master sculptor as well. As depicted below in his sculpture of Moses, you can see him as an energetic and active personality beaming through. The Sculpture of Moses adorns the tomb of Pope Julius II and depicts horns on Moses’s head as a mistranslation for the ray of light as described in the Bible. Boxer At Rest
This realistic bronze sculpture from the Hellenistic era dates back to 300-500 B.C. It depicts a muscular boxer with hunched shoulders and an extremely emotive and tired face. It is housed within the Palazzo Massimo in Rome.
Ecstasy of Saint Theresa by Bernini
It is a fine example of High Roman Baroque and depicts Teresa of Avila, a Spanish Carmelite nun, experiencing a religious moment with an angel and being pierced with a bow that made her moan in pain as well as feel ecstatic at the religious epiphany. Located in Santa Maria della Vittorio Church, it is revered for its sensual and cutting-edge artistry.
The Greek god Apollo seems to have struck with his bow and arrow and his posture depicts this scene in the sculpture. This marble sculpture is reminiscent of Classical Antiquity and was rediscovered in the 15th century. It is now found in one of the Vatican Museums of Rome.