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What makes sculpture 'sculpture'?

Sculpture is its own form of art, complete with technical and genre-specific terminology. In this video, we learn how to describe sculpture.

The history of sculpture is a fascinating story.

Humans have been making three-dimensional objects for thousands of years. In this course, we are studying sculpture from the twentieth century, but it is important to acknowledge the centuries of artists and artworks that came before, developing the medium and inspiring future generations.

As one of the three main artistic mediums along with painting and architecture, sculpture has endured from the ancient world, across cultures, through to the technologically-advanced present day.

Like any other technical process, a language has developed around sculpture to describe its specific characteristics: the way it’s made, what it’s made from and how it looks. It’s important we get to grips with how to think and describe in sculptural terms.

In this video, we’ll look at a single example to start to think about relevant sculptural terminology.

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Modern Sculpture: An Introduction to Art History

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