AskDefine | Define statuary

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statuary adj : of or relating to or suitable for statues n : statues collectively

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  1. The craft of making statues.
  2. A person who makes statues.
  3. Statues considered collectively.


The craft of making statues
A person who makes statues
Statues considered collectively

Extensive Definition

A statue is a sculpture in the round representing a person or persons, an animal, or an event, normally full-length, as opposed to a bust, and at least close to life-size, or larger. Its primary concern is representational.
The definition of a statue is not always clear-cut; sculptures of a person on a horse, called Equestrian statues, are certainly included, and in many cases, such as a Madonna and Child or a Pietà, a sculpture of two people will also be. A small statue, usually small enough to be picked up, is called a statuette.
Many statues are built on commission to commemorate a historical event, or the life of an influential person. Many statues are intended as public art, exhibited outdoors or in public buildings for the edification of passers-by, with a larger magnitude than normal words could ever have for the common man.
On rare occasions, statues themselves become historic and inspire their own historic events. In 1986, when the Statue of Liberty marked her one-hundredth anniversary, a three-day centennial celebration in her honor attracted 12 million, said to have been the largest public event in the world as of that date. The guest list was unique. "We invited all the great statues of the world to her birthday party and created giant puppets to represent them," said Jeanne Fleming, director of the event. "Each one arrived accompanied by native music."
There is an urban legend concerning a code for mounted statues, whereby the horse's hooves are supposed to indicate how the rider met his end. One hoof off the floor would indicate the rider died of wounds received in battle, or perhaps was just wounded in battle; two hooves off the floor would indicate the rider was killed in battle. An examination of the equestrian statues in most major European cities shows this is not true. If it ever was true, the practice appears to have died out in the 19th century.
Statues are amongst the wonders of the world, with the Colossus of Rhodes and the Statue of Zeus at Olympia among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the Moai of Easter Island among the wonders of the modern world.


statuary in Breton: Delwenn
statuary in Danish: Statue
statuary in German: Statue
statuary in Modern Greek (1453-): Άγαλμα
statuary in Spanish: Estatua
statuary in Esperanto: Statuo
statuary in Persian: مجسمه
statuary in French: Statue
statuary in Ido: Statuo
statuary in Italian: Statua
statuary in Hebrew: פסל
statuary in Dutch: Standbeeld
statuary in Japanese: 像
statuary in Norwegian: Statue
statuary in Narom: Estateue
statuary in Polish: Posąg
statuary in Portuguese: Estátua
statuary in Russian: Статуя
statuary in Simple English: Statue
statuary in Finnish: Patsas
statuary in Swedish: Staty

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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