As an art student, you’re hit over the head repeatedly with Renaissance art, so I’ve gotten a little tired of it, but something I’m not tired of is the seemingly impossible naturalistic detail attained from stone and a chisel back then.
CAN WE TALK ABOUT BAROQUE SCULPTURE?
this shit is marble. The thing about marble, is that it has a low tensile strength - basically, it snaps easy. And y’know what, this sculptor, Bernini, got so fuckin good at marble sculpting, he made this. Look at the leaves - they are so thin, light shines through them - and he carved each and every one of those little fuckers, without any mistakes. And look at the drapery on the dude: the amount of negative space between him and the veil. Holy fuckin shit balls on a salmon this is good. Look at her luscious, voluminous hair, flowing in the wind. He even carved the eyes with irises.
seriously this dude is the bomb