Bust of Nefertiti
Discovered in Amarna, Egypt this statue is believed to have been created by Thutmose in 1345. The bust is made from limestone and painted with stucco. It is an immortalised portrait of Nefertiti, the Royal Wife of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten. Fancy taking your students? It’s now settled among other artefacts in the Neues Museum, Berlin.
Most recently splashed across our screens in blockbuster ‘The Mummy’ the Terracotta Warriors are a collection of sculptures located in Xi’an China. These terrifying sculptures represent the army of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. There are 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots and 670 horses that were discovered in the emperor’s tomb and pieces of the collection often travel as part of an exhibition.
Venus de Milo
We just love the Louvre! It’s one of the most popular art museums in the world, and it’s no surprise that some of the best sculptures are kept here. Venus de Milo is the famous marble sculpture which depicts Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, it was found on the island Milos in 1820 in two pieces.
Another marble masterpiece has made this list, this time it’s the Statue of David by Michelangelo. Did you know that this statue was originally commissioned for the roof for the Florence Cathedral? We’re sure the 17ft statue would have looked much smaller up there! David is currently located at the Accademia Gallery in Florence, however bronze replicas can be spotted around the city.
Not all sculptures are built equal and not all are centuries old! This one dates back to the 19th century. Lady Liberty has been a symbolism of freedom in America since it was gifted to the USA from the French government after the abolishment of slavery. Did you know that the statue wasn’t intended on being green? However due to oxidisation the copper material changed colour, and this is now seen as a symbol of celebration.