Thanks to @Count_Orlok_22's list for the inspiration for this one. I haven't thought of my favorite sculptures since I was probably in Art History classes for college. So, thanks to him, I took a walk down memory lane and rekindled some of my passion for art. Here's my version of his list ;p
One of the most powerful sculptures of a goddess and therefore a woman that I've ever seen. Depicting the goddess of victory, the statue originally had her right hand raised to her mouth declaring victory. Both arms and head have never been found and the sculptor is unknown. The way that the Parian marble is molded and draped to show wind ripping through her clothes is incredibly powerful.
Like @Count_Orlok_22, I agree that the texture of this piece is gorgeous and mysterious. You know just by looking at it that it's survived against amazing odds and if only she could speak, the histories she may teach us. I love the detailed drapery and the wonderful essence of femininity and strength it portrays. Interesting side note: Renoir would completely disagree with us.
This is my favorite David, though it's not as famous as Michelangelo or smooth as Donatello's. This David has much more movement with it, it's as if Bernini caught David as he was winding up to shotgun Goliath. I love the pose and the reality of it.
You can see the agony and struggle against the sea serpents sent by Athena to kill Laocoon and his sons for attempting to expose the Trojan Horse as a ruse. Every inch of the statue shows the distress and tension of the men struggling for their life. Pliny the Elder applauded it as the greatest work of art- either painting or sculptures.
Lady Justice, beautiful and strong, blindfolded with a scale and a sword is possibly one of the most recognizable bronze statues. Suffice to say, that you can see how I enjoy the Greek's view of women and goddesses, often attributing them with amazing strength, skills and smarts. This statue is just one more on my list- it's so intriguing to me as a symbol of one of the most powerful women in Greek mythology, second consort of Zeus.
Doesn't the title titillate you? This is one of the most romantic sculptures I've ever seen and showcases passionate love beautifully. I'm continually amazed when sculptors can mold marble as if it's Play-Do and this is no exception to that amazement.
Rodin's Thinker is as classically well known as your going to get in the bronze department. As Count said, it perfectly symbolizes both Greek and Renaissance eras- a wondrous combination of logic and art.
Michelangelo perfectly illustrates the Renaissance ideals of beauty and realism in this amazing Pieta. You can see both the physical and emotional weight on Mary as she holds her dead son in her lap. Again, with the beautiful drapery that the marble beautifully illustrates lend to the realistic folds of her dress.
J. Seward Johnson Jr's sculpture of a 100-ft statue embedded in the Earth, struggling to free himself. To celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall, this sculpture, originally in DC is now in Rome. I can only imagine how incredibly difficult it would be to create a massive sculpture with five corresponding aluminum pieces that come together to dramatize an emotion. Yet, Johnson pulls it off beautifully.
I remember when I first saw a picture of this bust- it struck me as beautiful, strong, resilient, and magical. Like Venus, what I would give to have this original bust speak to the volumes of history that we've missed out on...