Stories behind the Complex Compositions: Sculpture Comparison

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This paper will discuss and compare A Faun Teased by Children sculpture, of the Italian Baroque style, and the Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer of the French impressionist style. These two sculptures give us a clear insight and allows us to peer in on the moment that is taking place. The active movement, strong diagonals and dramatic facial expressions of the figures in A Faun Teased by Children tells the on looker a vivid detailed story of the actions that are taking place and what role each figure is taking on, in a mythical scene, while the stagnant and serene pose of the Fourteen Year Old Girl resonates calmness and a moment that has not taken place just yet. A Faun Teased by Children is a sculpture chiseled out of marble, …show more content…
This paper will discuss and compare A Faun Teased by Children sculpture, of the Italian Baroque style, and the Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer of the French impressionist style. These two sculptures give us a clear insight and allows us to peer in on the moment that is taking place. The active movement, strong diagonals and dramatic facial expressions of the figures in A Faun Teased by Children tells the on looker a vivid detailed story of the actions that are taking place and what role each figure is taking on, in a mythical scene, while the stagnant and serene pose of the Fourteen Year Old Girl resonates calmness and a moment that has not taken place just yet. A Faun Teased by Children is a sculpture chiseled out of marble, recrystallized carbonate minerals, in 1616-17 in Rome by Bernini and is also 52 1/8in tall. The negative space forms the letter B. Bernini has signed his sculpture in negative space. This sculpture presents strong perspective effects, a dense and detailed composition, and upward movement of the figures, all strong indications of the Italian Baroque style. The cultural context of this piece is based on ancient sarcophagi. The living subjects in A Faun Teased by Children include a faun, three small children, a lion, a lizard, and a tree sprouting grapes and other fruits and vegetation. The nonliving subjects include the skin of a lion. The scene appears to be the location of a forest or place where fruitful vegetation is apparent. The sculpture
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