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The Heroic In Sculpture: Its Nature and Rational Foundation

Sandra Shaw

Presented at: IRM 2001

Date: Jul 07, 2001

This course examines the nature of the heroic ideal as it is embodied in sculpture. What makes a sculpture heroic? How do you distinguish truly heroic sculpture from work that only simulates grandeur, such as propaganda "art"? This class answers these questions with examples of sculpture from across the ages. The extensive slide presentation shows key sculptural elements that project an objective ideal of human greatness. Dramatically contrasting examples, such as the Greek Classical heroes versus Nazi "superman" statues, offer students the opportunity to concretize more thoroughly man's crucial need for a consistently rational heroic ideal—in art, and in life.



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