Wonderful sculpture of an angel
American sculptor Benjamin Victor is recognised for his magnificent figurative works that are reminiscent of Renaissance greats like Michelangelo and Bernini. The National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol houses three of his works, making him the only living sculptor to have such a feat. A sculpture of an ethereal angel hovering above the earth is one of Victor’s outstanding bodies of work that includes a variety of other sculptures.
The Angel, who was made in both ceramic and bronze, has a dejected expression as her long garment is draped in textural wrinkles. She puts her arms over her legs with her palms upwards while her enormous wings are spread out on the other side. Victor writes on the webpage of the Art Renewal Center, „The Angel was influenced by images obtained from supermodel and dancer Dayna Marshall. She leapt into the air with ease and struck a powerful yet sensitive position, which astounded me. She appeared to me in my imagination as an angel with wings spread wide and gliding unsteadily. She made a beautiful move, and I used that to design the draperies and wings.
The realistic sculpture’s structure is lovely in and of itself, but Victor took special care to highlight the subject’s feathered wings, flower-adorned hair, and smooth skin. Victor explains that the sentimental interpretation of The Angel talks of immortality and transience, love and mortality, and elegance and fragility. „By showing a young, lovely angel in a solemn attitude, it provides a dramatic contradiction. She is religious yet also aggressive. She has a lifelike rendering while being otherworldly. Her mystery reflects that of the entire human race; we are both material and emotional beings.
The Art Renewal Center’s collection includes The Angel. To see it in bronze casting, scroll to the bottom. After that, visit Victor’s webpage and following him on Insta to see more of his gorgeous bronze and ceramic statues.
Clay was used to make an ethereal statue of an angel by artist Benjamin Victor.
Model and dancer Dayna Marshall’s photos served as inspiration for The Angel.
Victor also produced a bronze replica of The Angel.
To learn more about Victor’s artistic process, view this clip:
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