The art form of sculpture dates back well over ten thousand years. Nevertheless, the ancient Greeks were one of the first cultures to develop extremely realistic statues. Although the ancient Egyptians had already created many sculptures, very few if any were as realistic as statues crafted by certain Greek artists. Their focus on realism in sculpting probably gave birth to the legend of Medusa being capable of turning people into stone, and provided many a Greek garden and temple with beautiful statues that looked ready to come to life. A lifelike appearance probably became important due in part to the fact that many of those works were created for religious purposes and expected to be worshipped. Although worshipping such statues has long been a thing of the past, realistic Greek and Roman statues still make a classic, bold statement in any backyard.
Sculpted in 365 B.C., the Venus of Arles is a wonder to behold. Although you have to visit the Louvre to see the original sculpture, you can also display an excellent replica of the Venus of Arles in your own backyard. Complement the very classic beauty of this statue with elegant sculptures such as Hemera, the Goddess of Daylight or a statue that pays homage to Botticelli's Birth of Venus.
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