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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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▪ some unusual pieces of sculpture
sculpture park
▪ The store's bronze sculpture gives customers an insight into the history of Frome.
▪ He heard tourists go past his door talking about the sights, the beautiful subway stations, amazing bronze and marble sculpture.
▪ Likewise a bronze sculpture is considered an outgrowth of the wax or plaster model from which it is cast.
▪ His bronze sculptures have the appearance of objects retrieved after many centuries on the sea bed.
▪ Now the group has helped pay for a bronze sculpture in memory of the navvies.
▪ Brancusi sought an authenticity that neo-#classical sculpture seemed to lack.
▪ Big can be beautiful, and surprisingly few of the buildings here display the empty pedantry conspicuous in contemporary paintings and sculpture.
▪ The future performance of the sculpture index is linked with the international status of contemporary sculpture.
▪ Only the interior ribbed vaults are Gothic, and the abundance of fine sculpture both on the exterior and inside.
▪ The cathedral possesses some fine capitals and sculpture.
▪ Much fine sculpture of the period has been found on Paros and Naxos as well as other islands, especially kouroi and korai.
▪ His work in stone is some of the finest sculpture of the century.
▪ The austerity and uniformity of much modern architecture made sculpture superfluous.
▪ A modern sculpture workshop on the road between Carrara and Torano.
▪ There were flowers, some handsome furniture, one or two pieces of sleek modern sculpture, good lighting.
▪ For modern sculpture, galleries use a tall wooden box, stained or painted.
▪ It looked like a modern sculpture.
▪ But I should like to make poems that are about space and order, in the same sense as some modern sculpture.
▪ As stated elsewhere, formalism evolved in line with developments in modern painting and sculpture.
▪ It is, however, for his accomplished monumental sculpture that William Stanton is best known.
▪ Eighty-six ceramic works, ranging from dinner plates to monumental sculptures, which Miró realised with the collaboration of Josep Artigas.
▪ Made of bronze, brass and stainless steel, it is the artist's largest, most monumental sculpture to date.
▪ An exhibition of new sculptures by Nayland Blake opens in later May and will be discussed in next month's column.
▪ The Gallery hopes to generate increased revenues through special activities in the original Beaux-Arts court and the new glass-enclosed sculpture atrium.
▪ Long-term projects connected with the event include the commissioning of new pieces for sculpture parks around the country.
▪ It's a sculpture garden above the eye-level of the birds.
▪ More recently, she has built a giant sculpture garden of threedimensional Tarot cards.
▪ A beautiful lake is inhabited by many species of waterfowl and the delightful formal gardens include herb and sculpture gardens.
▪ Lasers are also being used to vaporise the dirt from limestone and marble sculpture.
▪ He heard tourists go past his door talking about the sights, the beautiful subway stations, amazing bronze and marble sculpture.
▪ Possibly the beginning of marble sculpture should be brought down.
▪ Mach almost always creates his sculptures insitu, using everyday objects.
▪ The Pageant of the Masters uses live models to re- create notable paintings, sculptures and decorative art.
▪ Other schools will be designing and painting wall murals, creating an environmental sculpture, working with video and poetry.
▪ Another went to the bakery warehouse, loaded her car, and created a pastry sculpture in the middle of her kitchen.
▪ This is the first of a series of biennial exhibitions which will include painting, sculpture, photography, installation and video.
▪ Other elements include installations, sculpture, text and posters.
▪ This year, new work by 20 artists includes sculptures, paintings, installations, drawings.
▪ A beautiful lake is inhabited by many species of waterfowl and the delightful formal gardens include herb and sculpture gardens.
▪ This aesthetic can obscure Formal art appreciation as it often resorts to exclusivist ideas about painting and sculpture which are highly philosophical.
▪ This is not a high art, like painting or sculpture.
▪ Early modern artists, generally speaking, did little to overturn this convention in painting or sculpture.
▪ Though with its own entrance, the photographic Salon occupied an area tout a cote that reserved for painting and sculpture.
▪ As stated elsewhere, formalism evolved in line with developments in modern painting and sculpture.
▪ In the early 1860s 400 MacPherson photographs of Roman painting, architecture and sculpture were on view and sold in London.
▪ A maths teacher showed her sculpture.
▪ For the first time, she did not show sculpture, just pastels and watercolors.
▪ And six or seven years ago they started showing sculpture.
▪ a life-size bronze sculpture
▪ the history of European painting and sculpture
▪ All over the enormous lobby were living mobile sculptures.
▪ In addition to paintings and collages, he does junk sculptures, carved-wood creations, drawings.
▪ It's a sculpture garden above the eye-level of the birds.
▪ Once moved by sculpture, she had a glimmer of its purpose.
▪ Sculptural monographs often contain little information on this topic, and photographs of sculptures insitu are missing.
▪ The idea that these people could have designed the Parthenon or carved the sculptures of Praxiteles is laughable.
▪ This is the first of a series of biennial exhibitions which will include painting, sculpture, photography, installation and video.
▪ This revolution, however, was not launched until a generation after that in sculpture.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sculpture \Sculp"ture\ (?; 135), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sculptured; p. pr. & vb. n. Sculpturing.] To form with the chisel on, in, or from, wood, stone, or metal; to carve; to engrave.

Sculptured tortoise (Zo["o]l.), a common North American wood tortoise ( Glyptemys insculpta). The shell is marked with strong grooving and ridges which resemble sculptured figures.


Sculpture \Sculp"ture\ (?; 135), n. [L. sculptura: cf. F. sculpture.]

  1. The art of carving, cutting, or hewing wood, stone, metal, etc., into statues, ornaments, etc., or into figures, as of men, or other things; hence, the art of producing figures and groups, whether in plastic or hard materials.

  2. Carved work modeled of, or cut upon, wood, stone, metal, etc.

    There, too, in living sculpture, might be seen The mad affection of the Cretan queen.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Latin sculptura "sculpture," from past participle stem of sculpere "to carve, engrave," back-formation from compounds such as exculpere, from scalpere "to carve, cut," from PIE root *(s)kel- (1) "to cut, cleave" (see scale (n.1)).


n. 1 (context uncountable English) The art of shaping figures or designs in the round or in relief, professionally performed by a sculptor 2 (context countable English) A work of art created by sculpting. 3 Works of art created by sculpting, as a group. vb. 1 To fashion something into a three-dimensional figure. 2 To represent something in sculpture. 3 To change the shape of a land feature by erosion etc.

  1. n. a three-dimensional work of plastic art

  2. creating figures or designs in three dimensions [syn: carving]

  1. v. create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material; "sculpt a swan out of a block of ice" [syn: sculpt]

  2. shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it; "She is sculpting the block of marble into an image of her husband" [syn: sculpt, grave]


Sculpture is the branch of the visual arts that operates in three dimensions. It is one of the plastic arts. Durable sculptural processes originally used carving (the removal of material) and modelling (the addition of material, as clay), in stone, metal, ceramics, wood and other materials but, since Modernism, there has been an almost complete freedom of materials and process. A wide variety of materials may be worked by removal such as carving, assembled by welding or modelling, or molded, or cast.

Sculpture in stone survives far better than works of art in perishable materials, and often represents the majority of the surviving works (other than pottery) from ancient cultures, though conversely traditions of sculpture in wood may have vanished almost entirely. However, most ancient sculpture was brightly painted, and this has been lost.

Sculpture has been central in religious devotion in many cultures, and until recent centuries large sculptures, too expensive for private individuals to create, were usually an expression of religion or politics. Those cultures whose sculptures have survived in quantities include the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, India and China, as well as many in South America and Africa.

The Western tradition of sculpture began in ancient Greece, and Greece is widely seen as producing great masterpieces in the classical period. During the Middle Ages, Gothic sculpture represented the agonies and passions of the Christian faith. The revival of classical models in the Renaissance produced famous sculptures such as Michelangelo's David. Modernist sculpture moved away from traditional processes and the emphasis on the depiction of the human body, with the making of constructed sculpture, and the presentation of found objects as finished art works.

Sculpture (mollusc)

Sculpture is a feature of many of the shells of mollusks. It is three-dimensional ornamentation on the outer surface of the shell, as distinct from either the basic shape of the shell itself or the pattern of colouration, if any. Sculpture is a feature found in the shells of gastropods, bivalves, and scaphopods. The word "sculpture" is also applied to surface features of the aptychus of ammonites, and to the outer surface of some calcareous opercula of marine gastropods such as some species in the family Trochidae.

Sculpture can be concave or convex, incised into the surface or raised from it. Sometimes the sculpture has microscopic detailing. The term "sculpture" refers only to the calcareous outer layer of shell, and does not include the proteinaceous periostracum, which is in some cases textured even when the underlying shell surface is smooth.

In many taxa, there is no sculpture on the shell surface at all, apart from the presence of fine growth lines.

Sculpture (magazine)

Sculpture is an art magazine, published in Washington, D.C., by the International Sculpture Center. It is indexed in The Art Index and the Bibliography of the History of Art.

Sculpture (disambiguation)

Sculpture is the art of shaping figures or designs in the round or in relief, or a work of art created by sculpting.

Sculpture may also refer to:

  • Sculpture (Lindberg), 2005 orchestral composition by Magnus Lindberg
  • Sculpture (magazine)
  • Sculpture (mollusc), the three-dimensional ornamentation on the outer surface of a shell, as distinct from the basic shape of the shell itself or colouration.
Sculpture (Lindberg)

Sculpture is an orchestral composition by the Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg. The music was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic with support from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation to celebrate the orchestra's inaugural season at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Its world premiere was given by the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen on October 6, 2005.

Usage examples of "sculpture".

All the house above was still and dark, and he could barely make out by the starlight the piece of white marble bearing the sculptured Agnus Dei whence the house takes its name.

The aisle doorways are plain, but over both are some sculptured figures.

There was so much of her, such incredibly long legs, such an extreme flow of line and volume, Beheim became entranced by the exaggerated perspectives available, gazing up at the equatorial swell of her belly toward the flattened mounds of her breasts with their dark oases of areola and turreted nipples, or down from her breasts toward the unruly pubic tuft between her thighs, in all reminding him by its smoothness of the sand sculpture of a sleeping giantess he had seen years before on a beach in Spain.

It looked like a sculpture collection of Bakelite canisters and wooden boxes.

We were sitting under a baobab tree, a weird, muscled sculpture with branches like roots sprouting white, starlike flowers, drinking the rum and talking about the locals.

There rose a megalithic wall, bedight with sculptured reliefs in riotous profusion.

Gazing at her, Benedict recalled being commissioned to guard a transport of sculptures directed to the London Museum.

Looking once more from the window, Bibbs sculptured for himself--in the vague contortions of the smoke and fog above the roofs--a gigantic figure with feet pedestaled upon the great buildings and shoulders disappearing in the clouds, a colossus of steel and wholly blackened with soot.

They painted or carved the walls with descriptive and symbolic scenes, and crowded their interiors with sarcophagi, cinerary urns, vases, goblets, mirrors, and a thousand other articles covered with paintings and sculptures rich in information of their authors.

Yagharek flattened himself against the wall in the shadow of the sculpture, his whip coiled and ready.

She saw lines and planes so strong that she was reminded of a stone sculpture, straight dark brows over hazel eyes, and a high forehead creased in-pain?

Catching his sudden enthusiasm, Felicia hurried at his side until they reached the room where Anne Darner worked on her sculpture.

Shona decided that they needed marble stairs, too, leading into the hall, and sat on the ordinary wooden stairs making drawings of sculptured banisters and sketches of the sort of clothes Derk should wear.

The rooms were Japanese, the furniture Dutch, heavy claw-and-ball couches adorned with tassels, huge tables made out of solid oak and with lions sculptured at the corners, thick velvet draperies hiding most of the fusuma, the delicate Japanese sliding doors made out of slats and tightly stretched paper.

The obelisks of Luxor may be unrivalled, the sculptures of Medcenet Habu more exquisite, the colossus of Memnonion more gigantic, the paintings of the royal tombs more curious and instructive, but criticism ceases before the multifarious wonders of the halls and courts of Karnak and the mind is open only to one general impression of colossal variety.