The human body is a very beautiful thing and no one has captured it more gloriously or magnificently than the ancient Greeks and Romans. The statue of David by Michelangelo alone is the epitome of human perfection, an ideal we all try to live up to centuries and millennia later.
One of my favorite wings at the Metropolitan Museum is the section devoted to Greek and Roman sculptures. I never tire of seeing the human form replicated to exacting detail in marble — you can see the musculature, the curve of a hip, the length of a neck, the strain on the calf. In the female figures that are not nudes, you can see the drapes and fold of cloths as though you are looking at jersey and chiffon when in fact it is marble you are in awe of.
I like classical sculptures as home decor too. I once lucked out and found a replica of a man’s torso on 1stdibs. It’s made of plaster, not marble, but I don’t mind that one bit. I am now obsessed with finding a bust, preferably male. So if you know where I can get one, let me know.
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