Metaphysics in Marble

by Mary Ann Sures
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Mary Ann Sures
Mary Ann Sures is an art historian who has lectured extensively, beginning in the early 1960s, on the application of Objectivist esthetics to the visual arts. She did graduate work in art history at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University and at Hunter College, from which she received an M.A. She taught art history at New York University (Washington Square College) and at Hunter College. She is co-author with her late husband, Charles, of Facets of Ayn Rand, a memoir of their longtime friendship with Ayn Rand and her husband, Frank O’Connor.
CITATIONS & NOTES
  • King Menkaure and His Queen. c. 2530–2500 B.C. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
    See also Ramses II. c. 1250 B.C. Open Air Museum, Memphis, Egypt. Note: This image can be enlarged by clicking on it.
  • 2 Statue of a Youth (Kouros). c. 590–580 B.C. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Note: This image can be enlarged by clicking on it; also, different views can be selected by clicking the small images found below the main image.
  • 3  Polykleitos. Doryphorus (Spear Bearer). Roman copy after a bronze original of c. 450–440 B.C. National Archeological Museum, Naples, Italy. Note: This image can be enlarged by clicking on it.
  • 4  Nike Fastening Her Sandal. c. 410 B.C. Relief from the parapet of the Temple of Athena Nike, Acropolis Museum, Athens.
  • 5  Winged Victory of Samothrace. c. 190 B.C. Louvre, Paris.
  • 6  Attributed to Praxiteles. Hermes with the Infant Dionysus (head and torso). c. 340 B.C. National Archaeological Museum, Olympia, Greece. Note: This image can be enlarged by clicking on it.
  • 7  Last Judgment. c. 1130–1145. St. Lazare, Autun, France. Note especially the central figure of Christ.
  • 8  Isaiah. c. 1150. Sainte Marie de Souillac, Souillac, France.
  • 9  Eve, from St. Lazare, Autun, France. c. 1130. Musée Rolin, Autun, France.
    See also detail of head, Eve.
  • 10  Detail of the Damned, from the Last Judgment. c. 1140–1145. St. Lazare, Autun, France.
  • 11  Roettgen Pietà. c. 1325–1360. Rheinisches Landesmuseum (formerly Provincial Museum), Bonn, Germany.
  • 12  Donatello. St. George. 1415–1417. Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, Italy. Note: This image can be enlarged by clicking on it.
  • 13  Botticelli. The Birth of Venus. c. 1482. Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy. Note: This image can be enlarged by clicking on it.
    See also detail of head, The Birth of Venus.
  • 14  Michelangelo. Pietà. 1498/99–1500. St. Peter’s, Vatican, Rome.
  • 15  Michelangelo. David. 1501–1504. Academy, Florence, Italy. Note: This image can be enlarged by clicking on it.
    See also detail of head, David.
  • 16  Michelangelo. Dying Slave. 1513–1516. Louvre, Paris. Note: This image can be enlarged by clicking on it.
    See also detail of head and torso, Dying Slave. Note: This image can be enlarged by clicking on it.
  • 17  Michelangelo. Rondanini Pietà. 1564. Sforza Castle, Milan, Italy. Note: This image can be enlarged by clicking on it.
  • 18  Auguste Rodin. She Who Was Once the Helmet-Maker’s Beautiful Wife, also called The Courtesan. Modeled 1887, this bronze cast 1910. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Note: This image can be enlarged by clicking on it.
  • 19  Auguste Rodin. Eve. Modeled 1881, this bronze cast 1911. Rodin Museum, Paris. Note: This image can be enlarged by hovering the mouse over it; also, different views can be selected by clicking on the small images found below the main image.
  • 20  Auguste Rodin. The Thinker. Modeled 1880, this bronze cast 1903. Rodin Museum, Paris. Note: This image can be enlarged by clicking on it.
  • 21  Standing Female Figure. Late 19th century. Democratic Republic of the Congo. Brooklyn Museum. Note: The figure described in the article is not available on the Internet; however, this figure is similar in many respects.
  • 22  Male Figure. Early 19th century. Easter Island. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Note: The figure described in the article is not available on the Internet; however, this figure is similar in many respects.
  • 23  The figure described in the article is not available on the Internet. However, it is similar to the male figure referenced in footnote 22 above.
  • 24  Winged Victory of Samothrace. c. 190 B.C. Louvre, Paris.
  • 25  Alberto Giacometti. Falling Man. 1950. Musée Calvet, Avignon, France.
  • 26  Kenneth Armitage. Figure Lying on Its Side (Version V). 1957. British Council of the Arts.
  • 27  Henry Moore. Reclining Figure. 1939. Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan.
  • 28  Leslie Thornton. Crucifix. 1958. Private collection. Note: The referenced image is fifth from the top of the page.
  • 29  Marino Marini, Horseman. 1947. Tate Gallery, London.
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