Moai Head in Rano Raraku, Easter Islandmyminifactory.com
Rano Raraku is a volcanic crater formed of consolidated volcanic ash, or tuff, and located on the lower slopes of Terevaka in the Rapa Nui National Park on Easter Islandin Chile. It was a quarry for about 500 years until the early eighteenth century, and supplied the stone from which about 95% of the island's known monolithic sculptures (moai) were carved. Rano Raraku is a visual record of moai design vocabulary and technological innovation, where 397 moai remain. Rano Raraku is in the World Heritage Site of Rapa Nui National Park and gives its name to one of the seven sections of the park.
The Spirit of the Dance at The Musée d'Orsay, Parismyminifactory.com
In 1863 Charles Garnier, the architect of the new Paris Opera, commissioned four sculpted groups by four artists who had won the Grand Prix de Rome to decorate the facade of the building. Carpeaux was to cover the theme of Dance. Over a three-year period, he produced a variety of sketches and models before conveiving this turning farandole of women encirlcling the spirit of dance. The sculptor's main convern was to convey the feeling of movement, and this he achieved through a dual momentum of circular and vertical motion. The leaping spirit dominates the group, urging on the curcle of bacchantes, in unbalanced postures. The public was shocked by the realism of the female nudes, which they judges unseemly; indeed, a bottle of ink was thrown against the sculpture and its removal was requested. However, the war of 1870, followed by the death of Carpeaux, put an end to the controversy.
The Clarity at The Palace of Versailles, Francemyminifactory.com
Carved around 1755 and not installed until 1795 in the Allée nord (north alley) of the Bassin d'Apollon in the gardens of Versaiiles, this marble statue title La Clarté (The Clarity) is the work of Italian artist Lazzaro Baldi, born in Pistoia (Tuscany) in 1624 and died in Rome in 1703. The statue was restored in 2008.
The Bread Carrier at The Petit Palais, Parismyminifactory.com
The bread carrier was a job primarily given to women at the end of the 19th Century. The job would be to carry bread home multiple times a day. The women would carry the bread either in a cart or winin a large blue apron. This is a sculpture depicting a typical 'porteuse de pain' (bread carrier), sculpted by French artist Jules Félix Coutan (Paris, 1848-1939). This piece in the 'Courbet and Realism' section of the Petit Palais is a plaster cast of 1882 used a a replacement from an original bronze statue in the square of Saint-Jacques in Paris, destroyed in 1942.
Saturn Abducting Cybele at The Louvre, Parismyminifactory.com
This is one of the four groups of scenes of abduction (much like 'Boreas Abducting Orithya' by the Marsy brothers, on Scan the World! ) created to decorate the ponds of the Park of Versailles, designed by the painter Charles Le Brun in 1674 as a commission for Louis XIV. The two large groups represent the four elements, this one depicts the Earth, which would have been placed close to many other groups of four sculpture sets representing: The elements, The continents, The temperaments of man, The hours of the day, The Poems and The Seasons (many of which can be found here on Scan the World ). /object/14164 /category/versailles
Saint Catherine at The National Art Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmarkmyminifactory.com
Saint Catherine of Alexandria, also known as Saint Catherine of the Wheel and The Great Martyr Saint Catherine (Greek: ἡ Ἁγία Αἰκατερίνα ἡ Μεγαλομάρτυς) is, according to tradition, a Christian saint and virgin, who was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the pagan emperor Maxentius. According to her hagiography, she was both a princess and a noted scholar, who became a Christian around the age of fourteen, and converted hundreds of people to Christianity. She wasmartyred around the age of 18. Over 1,100 years following her martyrdom, St. Joan of Arc identified Catherine as one of the Saints who appeared to her and counselled her.
Reclining Woman at the Izmir International Fair , Turkeymyminifactory.com
This object is part of "Scan The World". Scan the World is a non-profit initiative introduced by MyMiniFactory, through which we are creating a digital archive of fully 3D printable sculptures, artworks and landmarks from across the globe for the public to access for free. Scan the World is an open source, community effort, if you have interesting items around you and would like to contribute, email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can help.
Reclining Nude at Tate Modern, Londonmyminifactory.com
This small sculpture is part of a series in which the female nude is treated with increasing abstraction. The reclining figure takes up the languid pose of the odalisque, a traditional view of the female nude, which Matisse regularly used in his paintings and drawings. A balance is struck between the sensual, relaxed curved and the robust form of the supporting arm and shoulder.
Ptolemy 1st Soter, King of Egypt at The Louvre, Parismyminifactory.com
Ptolemy I Soter I (i.e. Ptolemy (the Savior)), also known as Ptolemy Lagides, c. 367 BC – c. 283 BC, was a Macedonian general under Alexander the Great, who became ruler of Egypt (323–283 BC) and founder of the Ptolemaic Kingdom and dynasty. In 305/4 BC he demanded the title of pharaoh.