If any art form has literally stood the tests of time, it's sculpture. While paintings and drawings can be damaged by the elements over time or over night, sculptures are typically made of stone and are much more durable. This is why, out of all the art created, it's the sculptures that remain from ancient cultures. The earliest examples of sculptures come from the Aurignacian people who lived during the Late Stone Age. Sculpture has existed around the world for centuries and depending on where you lived, different techniques and materials were used. There are two main processes of sculpting: carving, which removes material, and modelling, where material is added. Stone sculpture is one of the most popular types, with some of the most popular pieces emerging out of the Renaissance period.
One of the most famous sculptures is David, which was made by Michelangelo from 1501 to 1504. It's made of marble and depicts the Biblical figure David in Florence. The statue was originally commissioned for the Florence Cathedral, but was instead placed in the Palazzo Vecchio. It became a symbol of the city of Florence, where it continues to stand to this day.
Another famous sculpture is the Venus de Milo, which was estimated to have been created between 130 and 100 BC. The sculpture was initially attributed to Greek sculptor Praxiteles, but is now believed to have been created by Alexandros of Antioch. This sculpture is often remembered for having her arms missing and is currently on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
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