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Famous Renaissance Sculptures

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List of famous Renaissance sculptures, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. The Renaissance period was a cultural awakening in the art world, so it's no surprise it produced some of the most historic sculptures in the history of the world. The works of art listed below are some of the most popular Renaissance sculptures, so most of the artist's names who created these works will be very recognizable. Renowned sculptures from the Renaissance period are showcased in museums all around the world, so save yourself an expensive vacation by simply scrolling through this list.

This list features pieces like Moses and Slaves. Featuring works from Italian sculptors and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, “What are the most famous Renaissance sculptures?” and “What are examples of Renaissance sculptures?”

  • Cristo della Minerva
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    The Cristo della Minerva, also known as Christ the Redeemer, Christ Carrying the Cross or the Risen Christ, is a marble sculpture by the Italian High Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti, finished in 1521. It is in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome, to the left of the main altar. The work was commissioned in June 1514, by the Roman patrician Metello Vari, who stipulated only that the nude standing figure would have the Cross in his arms, but left the composition entirely to Michelangelo. Michelangelo was working on a first version of this statue in his shop in Macello dei Corvi around 1515, but abandoned it in roughed-out condition when he discovered a black vein in the... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Subject: Jesus Christ
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
  • David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504, by Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet Michelangelo. It is a 4.34-metre, 5.17-metre with the base marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David, a favoured subject in the art of Florence. Originally commissioned as one of a series of statues of prophets to be positioned along the roofline of the east end of Florence Cathedral, the statue was placed instead in a public square, outside the Palazzo della Signoria, the seat of civic government in Florence, where it was unveiled on 8 September 1504. Because of the nature of the hero it represented, the statue soon came to... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Subject: David
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance

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  • Hercules and Cacus is a white sculpture to the right of the entrance of the Palazzo Vecchio in the Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy. This work by the Florentine artist Baccio Bandinelli was commissioned as a pendant to David, which had been commissioned by the republican counsel of Florence, under Piero Soderini, to commemorate the victory over the Medici. The colossus was originally given to Michelangelo and meant to complement the David but later appropriated by the Medici family as a symbol of their renewed power after their return from exile in 1512, and again in 1530. Although descriptions of its unveiling in 1534 provided verbal and written criticisms of the marble, most were... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Bartolommeo Bandinelli
    • Subject: Cacus, Heracles, Hercules
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance
  • Judith and Holofernes
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    The bronze sculpture Judith and Holofernes, created by Donatello at the end of his career, can be seen in the Hall of Lilies, in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy. A copy stands in one of the sculpture's original positions on the Piazza della Signoria, in front of the Palazzo Vecchio. It depicts the assassination of the Assyrian general Holofernes by Judith and is remarkable for being one of the first Renaissance sculptures to be conceived in the round, with its four distinct faces. The statue was commissioned by Cosimo de' Medici as a decoration for the fountain in the garden of the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi. It stood in this palace together with Donatello's David, standing in the... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Donatello
    • Subject: Holofernes
    • Art Form: Sculpture
    • Period / Movement: Italian Renaissance, Renaissance