The most realistic sculptures of all time

In the world of sculpture, a select few pieces stand out for their astonishing realism, capturing moments of life with breathtaking accuracy. From Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s dynamic “The Rape of Proserpina” to the ethereal beauty of Antonio Corradini’s “Modesty,” these masterpieces transcend their medium to evoke a sense of living, breathing beings frozen in time. Join us as we explore the artistry and emotional depth of some of history’s most lifelike sculptures, each a testament to the enduring power of artistic expression.

The Rape of Proserpina. Marble. Height 295 cm. Galleria Borghese, Rome.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini created this masterpiece when he was 23 — in 1621. “I subdued the marble and made it as supple as wax.”
Modesty by Antonio Corradini. Marble. 1752. Cappella Sansevero, Naples.
The sculpture is a sepulchral monument to the mother of Prince Raimondo who gave him life by sacrificing her own.
A marble tomb monument at Cimitero monumentale di Staglieno, Genoa. It was opened in 1851 and is well known for numerous highly artistic monuments, mausoleums, and sarcophagi.
The Veiled Virgin. Mid-19th century.
The image of the Virgin Mary carved from marble by Giovanni Straza.
Pietà by Michelangelo Buonarotti. Height 174 cm. St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican.
The master was 24 years old when he carved the Virgin Mary and Jesus from marble.
Blessed Ludovica Albertoni (1474-1533) is a funerary monument in the Church of San Francesco a Ripa in Rome by Lorenzo Bernini.
The Despair by Jean-Joseph Perraud. 1868.
The sculpture is exhibited in the Louvre.
The Three Graces by Antonio Canova. Marble. Height 182 cm. Ca. 1813-1816.
Located in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

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