Among some of the most common objects accumulated among antique collectors are sculptures although the more common collectibles are paintings and such. Essentially, a sculpture is referred to as an art form where solid materials are used to create an expression which is more 3-Dimensional and they are highly unique and original.
Sculpture is considered as one of the most unique items collected as they are usually one-off and very seldom there are reproductions or repetitions when it comes to a certain piece of artwork. Sculptures are usually made from materials like marble, stone, wood as well as metal like bronze or iron.
This makes them more durable and lasting and highly customized. Typically, sculptures like the skull Head by Pablo Picasso are extremely rare which means that they can be very valuable and worth millions. Other known sculpture antiques include the likes of the bronze figures by Henry Moore while totem poles from the Native American communities are also very favoured.
Collectors of antique art would usually have some sculptures in their archives while there are also some who solely focuses on sculptures which are often less common than paintings or drawings. You will find that each different art movement would bring about a different type of sculpture and this is where collectors would categorize them accordingly.
Some collectors are known to collect sculptures based on the era or movements of a certain era while there are also some who collect work of a particular artist. In fact, sculptures are known to be one of the earliest forms of creative expression of the human race where early human models were depicted as venus figurines known as the symbol of fertility.
One of the most known venus sculptures is the Venus of Willendorf which is an 11 cm high limestone statuette of a female figure, discovered in 1908 in Austria. This figurine is believed to have abeen made 20,000 years ago.
Other sculptures that were found and discovered were known to have depicted religious icons and symbols during the times of Babylon, Mesopotamia and Egypt. The Ancient Rome and Greek civilisations were also known to have made countless sculptures that were commonly seen in public spaces.
From there, Gothic art was very much involved in sculptures where more realistic human form figures were made and this was when the likes of Donatello and Michelangelo existed. Their works are still very much appreciated and can still be seen today.
After that, there were the Baroque sculptures and then on to Neo-classicism which attributed a lot of their influences to the Ancient Greece抯 Hellenistic works. Modernism provided a wide range of other movements that saw sculpture art traversing along the likes of Surrealism, Dadaism, Cubism and Constructivism, among many others.
It was around this time that the likes of Picasso was most prominent and today, the most expensive sculpture ever sold is The Walking Man by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti which was auctioned off by Sotheby in London for ?5,001,2502, a world record price.