Sculpture Analysis

Is it low relief, high relief, free standing, a group, or a combination of these? 2.Technical means: Is the sculpture carved out of wood, stone? Is it assembled from many kinds of material? Or is it modeled in clay or wax, and then cast in bronze? 3.Volumes: What kind of volumetric forms are basic to the sculpture? Geometric ones – conic, cubic, pyramidal? Irregular ones – jagged, smooth, organic? How are these forms organized? 4.Line: How is line used in the sculpture: Does it have an open or a closed silhouette? Are the dominant linear elements seen in the forms themselves, or are they incised onto the surfaces of the forms? Is there a conflict between the linear and volumetric elements? 5.Space: To what degree does the figure displace space? Do the forms and space interpenetrate? Is the work a relief? What creates an illusion of space within it? Is the figure meant to be seen in space in a particular view? Is it frontal? Does it turn in space? Can its composition be understood from one view only? From many views? 6.Color: Is color added to the sculpture? Is the color of the material itself important? Does the color have an iconographic significance? Does it have a descriptive or expressive function? 7.Light: Has the artist considered the effect of light upon his work? Are the forms arranged so that a particular effect of light and shade will be attained? 8.Relation of technique and material to form: Are some of the forms inherent to the carving process, or the modeling process?

 

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