Monuments reveal

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Cemetery sculpture allegory and pathos

Cemetery sculpture allegory and pathos

P. P. Kamensky. The tomb of PI Tchaikovsky. Fragment, 1900s. Bronze, granite. Necropolis of masters of arts. St. Petersburg. Cemetery sculpture allegory and pathos

Cemetery sculpture allegory and pathos
From a city monument or from an ordinary memorial plaque, which has historical and documentary significance, the grave monument differs above all in a certain emotional mood. The artistic tombstone “enters into communication” with the person approaching it and requires from him a certain concentration. The intonation of the perception of the monument is usually individual and, as a rule, lyrical, intimate. This gives the monument a special force of influence, and creates around it an atmosphere of a peculiar mood that cleanses the soul. Noteworthy, talking about the departed, the monument always refers to the living.
In sculpture and memorial relief, there are often two indispensable allegorical images: Genius, the messenger of death, and the mourner. In the era of classicism, these figures were of importance to the all-European memorial symbol. They are replete with both Russian and Western ancient cemeteries. There are many variations of the image of the mourner, including the Russian, however, characterized by a peculiar characteristic. In the Moscow interpretation, it is usually far from the ancient images and, rather, reminds Russian girls of the early nineteenth century, slightly provincial, but very poetic.
In addition to the well-known arsenal of ancient allegories, both in Russian and in Western symbols formed their allegorical forms and images.
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Hungarian monument to eternal love Jeno Bory castle

Located near Budapest in Székesfehérvár monument to eternal love Jeno Bory castle

Located near Budapest in Székesfehérvár monument to eternal love Jeno Bory castle

Hungarian monument to eternal love Jeno Bory castle
Located near Budapest in Székesfehérvár, this castle is the architectural embodiment of the love of Jeno Bory to the beautiful Ilona. Everything in the castle is dedicated to her. On the walls – the words of love, in the halls – portraits and sculptures of Ilona. Noteworthy, Ilona and Yeno have lived together for 50 years.
Hungarian architect and sculptor Jeno Bory (9 November 1879, Szekesfehervar – 20 December 1959, Szekesfehervar) promised his beloved wife to build a castle for her, in which their life together would resemble a fairy tale. And since Bory was an architect and sculptor, he kept his promis. In fact, for the construction of the castle, Bory spent almost 40 years.
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World Kiss Day inspired monuments

World Kiss Day inspired monuments

On the iconic painting by Gustav Klimt, Kiss monument in St. Petersburg. World Kiss Day inspired monuments

World Kiss Day inspired monuments

6 July! Philematologists, it is your day. Do you know what “Philematology” is? Philematology is the science of kissing. And on July 6, there is a celebration – World Kiss Day. The holiday dedicated to the touch of the lips to someone with the help of which one can express feelings. Various feelings – expressing children’s innocence, motherly love, passion of lovers, and strong friendship. Its purpose is to remind people of the simple joy that a kiss carries in itself.
Meanwhile, in the world there are monuments to the kiss. And two of them are in St. Petersburg. First, created by sculptor Antonina Fatkhullina to the 310th anniversary of St. Petersburg. A sculpture depicting two birds decorates the Finnish side street. Another sculpture “Kiss” decorates Elagin Island next to the Stables yard. This three-dimensional embodiment of the classics of painting in sculpture, performed by the sculptor Alexander Mikhailovich Taratinov, based on the picture of Gustav Klimt’s “Kiss.”
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Fabulous Frog Princess monuments reveal

Beautiful Frog Princess in Svetlogorsk. Fabulous Frog Princess monuments reveal

Beautiful girl sculpture in Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia. Sculptor Oleg Melekhov. Fabulous Frog Princess monuments reveal

Fabulous Frog Princess monuments reveal
Not far from Kaliningrad, in Svetlogorsk, directly in front of the railway station appeared the “Frog Princess”. Sculptor Oleg Melekhov approached the matter unconventionally, depicting her in the stage of turning from a frog into a girl. It is possible that at first she was a frog. But having caught the arrow, began to gradually turn into a woman, just such is an image of the Svetlogorsk Princess Frog. In this case, judging by the appearance of the girl, she has a clearly Extraterrestrial origin.
The residents of Svetlogorsk, however, fell in love with the monument. According to local belief, if you put your finger first to your lips, and then to the frog princess and make a wish, it will come true.
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Monuments to craftsmen all over the world

Monuments to craftsmen all over the world

Needlework and cats rule the world. Mytishchi, Moscow region. Monuments to craftsmen all over the world

Monuments to craftsmen all over the world
Have you ever seen a real craftsman working on his creation? Did you ever see a weaver? The most real needlewoman, sitting behind a peasant weaving mill? Perhaps recently, and only in the form of a sculpture or monument. Indeed, the soulful faces of craftsmen who create magnificent lace, knitting and sewing inspire sculptors and artists.
However, today all over the world there is a surge in various female needlework, despite the fact that everything can be bought in the store. And this is not accidental. Women, apparently, subconsciously feel that when they knit, sew, embroider, create, it comes in harmony with their feminine nature. There comes a natural state of meditation, abstraction from problems. Handicrafts better than anything help to cope with anxiety and internal stress and get out of stress.
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Ancient Russian tomb sculpture by unknown masters

Ancient Russian tomb sculpture by unknown masters

Sarcophagus of Princess Olga. 10th century. Kiev, St. Sophia Cathedral. Ancient Russian tomb sculpture by unknown masters

Ancient Russian tomb sculpture by unknown masters
Ancient Rus knew certain types of tombstones in which co-existed varieties of architecture of small forms and applied art. Since the XVIII century the tombstone was a synthesis of sculpture and architecture of small forms. Sometimes it also included a mosaic and a mural. Sculpture was usually the composition of the allegorical statues or a portrait of the deceased. Besides, in the memorials of this period there were other genres. So, in individual reliefs, you can find elements of the landscape, and everyday scenes, and even historical scenes. In addition, various heraldic and allegorical signs characterizing the personality of the deceased.
With the adoption of Christianity, to the cult of ancestors added the faith in the “second coming” and “resurrection from the dead on the day of the Last Judgment”. This inevitably led to the rejection of the incineration, for if the body is burned, “the soul will have nowhere to return.”
Accordingly, the graves of the princes of the nobility began to be performed in tombs, sarcophagi, stone, brick and wooden. Sometimes built in the churchyard, and later even transferred to temples.
The most significant monument among the Kiev sarcophagi is rightly considered to be the marble sarcophagus of the Grand Duke Yaroslav the Wise (978-1054), whose reign continued and reached its highest point the heyday of Kievan Rus. The creation of this sarcophagus dates back to the 10th-11th centuries.
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Dedicated to Family values monuments

Family values monuments

Saransk, Russia. Sculptor Grigory Filatov. Dedicated to Family values monuments

Family values monuments
In 2008, officially recognized as the family year, in many cities of Russia appeared monuments dedicated to the family. Among them was the monument to a happy large family in Saransk, the capital of the Republic of Mordovia. However, the locals gave it the name “Endangered species”, most likely because it hints at not created families and families in which there is only one child. By the way, scientists claim that for a full-scale quantitative and qualitative increase in the country’s population, there must be at least three children in the family.
The author of the sculptural composition was the famous sculptor Grigory Filatov. Meanwhile, you can find the monument next to the Temple of Fedor Ushakov, at the intersection of Soviet and Democratic streets.
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