Topics: Roman Empire, Ancient Rome, Sculpture Pages: 4 (1384 words) Published: May 9, 2013
The Hope Of Hygeia
Ranika Gunn
Humanities 01-11:45

The sculpture I chose to research on is called The Hope Hygeia. The medium of the art work is a very tall statue made out of marble with an off white color. It comes from the Roman culture for the duration of the 2nd-century A.D copy after a Greek original of about 360 B.C. The sculpture has curly hair with a calm and kind expression on her face and a broken nose. She is posed standing straight with a serpent across her shoulder holding a bowl, and she’s wearing a long robe with a head covering.

According to marble sculpture on the website wikipedia says, “Marble is a metamorphic rock derived from limestone”. Marble is formed when the limestone is changed from the heat and pressure after being overspread by other materials. Also the article marble information by Joey Lewitin, explains when metamorphism occurs the arrangement of the limestone becomes crystal in nature turning into calcite or dolomite. These two substances are also the two major materials in marble. Marbles are induced when impurities get trapped in the structure of the marble during formation. Impurities such as carbon iron and different oxides, it causes streaks and form randomized shapes in the marbles. One of the features of marbles used for sculpture almost doesn’t contain stains .And because of the features many artist are inspired to work with marble as medium. The advantage of marbles has a slight surface clearness that is like human skin. Marbles is soft and easy to work with refine and polish. As the marbles gets older it becomes harder and more long-lasting and is more weather resistance than sand or clay. The disadvantages are marbles absorb skin oil when being touch which leads to brownish and yellow stains. It’s more resistant than limestone but it can be attack by weak acid and acid rain.

The process begins with the selections of the stone; each stone has its own personality. Sculpture Process-marble carving developing...
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