Boris Lovet-Lorski, American, born Lithuania, 1894 - 1973. Sieglinde, 1930s. Carved plaster with ebony-like finish, 10 3/8 × 5 1/2 × 2 in. (26.4 × 14 × 5.1 cm). Bequest of Mary Mallery Davis 1990.53

3D: Focus on the Figure

May 8, 2021 - August 29, 2021

Hodge Gallery

The human form has provided sculptors with inspiration for thousands of years. The very first sculptures created were stylized representations of the human form. In Western Art, the human form has evolved over several centuries from predominantly religious and mythological subject matter to works that come close to abstraction. Traditionally, artists work in materials like metal stone or clay; however, contemporary works incorporate a variety of materials like glass and found objects.

This exhibition explores the rich history of depicting the human form in three dimensions with sculptures spanning over five centuries and includes sculptures by Renaissance and Baroque artists such as Giovanni della Robbia and Gerolamo Campagna, Antonio Canova to Modernist and contemporary works by Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali.


View related exhibition: 3D: Focus on the Abstract


From the Exhibition

  • William Zorach, American, born Lithuania, 1887 - 1966. Spirit of the Dance, 1932. Bronze 76 × 31 × 48 in. (193 × 78.7 × 121.9 cm). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
    Stewart Mott 1965.10

  • Giovanni della Robbia, Italian, 1469 - 1529. Figure of an Angel, n.d. Tin-glazed earthenware, 26 × 9 × 9 in. (66 × 22.9 × 22.9 cm). Gift of Mrs. Viola E. Bray 2005.153

  • French. Female Saint, 15th century. Limestone with traces of polychrome and gilding, 36 × 12 × 10 1/4 in. (91.4 × 30.5 × 26 cm). Museum purchase with funds
    from family and friends in memory of Katherine &
    Raymond J. Kelly, Jr. 2000.7

  • Vanessa German, American, b. 1976. No Water Cleanser, 2016. Mixed-media assemblage. 75 x 32 x 20 inches. Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, and gift of Justice and Mrs. G. Mennen Williams, by exchange, gift of Mr. Harold Frank, by exchange, 2017.53

  • Girolamo Campagna, Italian, 1549 - 1629. Diana, n.d. Bronze, 25 3/4 × 10 × 7 1/2 in. (65.4 × 25.4 × 19.1 cm). Gift of Mrs. Viola E. Bray 2005.151.1

  • Girolamo Campagna, Italian, 1549 - 1629. Apollo, n.d. Bronze, 25 3/4 × 10 × 7 1/2 in. (65.4 × 25.4 × 19.1 cm). Gift of Mrs. Viola E. Bray 2005.151.2