The lady of Auxerre
The Louvre monograph media was used to give a journalistic allure to the artifact. This artifact was sculptured and built in an old sculpture where it was sculptured bearing the traces of the polychrome decoration that was common with the Greeks in the 7th century (Donohue, 23). It is also important to note that the Louvre monograph media, as well as its sculptural nature made of yellow limestone with Greek decorations as seen in the Sculpture images used, was a typical one as it was the only way that the artifact would have been identified and brought to the people.
The sculpture has been assigned by researchers of being from the Crete because of the draping characteristic of her gown as well as due to the limestone she is made of. Tools such as the chisels, riffles as well as rasps have been used to streamline the artifact so as to give it a finer look. The face of the lady appears to be triangular in shape despite half of her face having fallen and therefore this brings the elements of geometric technique in sculpturing it. Also, the shape of her body shows that the carving technique was used predominantly as some materials in her body seems to have been removed and other material added. Another technique applied in this sculpture is the lost wax bronze casting which involved pouring hot metal wax to create the fine body shape as well as her hair.
According to Shuster and George, it is believed that the primary purpose of the creation of the lady of Auxerre artifact was to resemble the Greek goddess and served as a votary instead of a virgin goddess Persephore (p65). The object was not able to serve the purpose as it acted as a votary instead of its original purpose of resembling the virgin goddess Persephore. The lady of Auxerre sculpture was found in the storeroom of the Auxerre Museum. This artifact is believed to have been created in the 17 century by an unknown individual and later brought to light by in the year 1907 by Maxime Collignon.
Today the sculpture is found at the Louvre museum in Paris something that alters its original purpose of acting as a Greek goddess. Today it can only be viewed under lighted galleries where one is not expected to touch it or even worship it. Therefore, this makes the original, and current conditions that it is viewed at the Louvre museum differ significantly as it is opposed to the religious purposes of the sculpture. Also, the meaning it served as a votary varies with the way it is viewed from far where one cannot even have a good look at it to see a sample of a healthy skin like in the ancient times.
In conclusion, it is important to note that this artifact was such an exciting artwork as it not only captured the cultural lives of the people then but also their religious aspect of life. This is different from the earlier sculptures as it makes use of a number of sculpturing techniques to come up with a finer artifact. This artwork has is really important as it used different sculpturing as compared to the earlier artifacts thus coming up with a finer sculpture.
Donohue, A A. Greek Sculpture and the Problem of Description. Cambridge UP, 2005.
Sculpture, I. Statuette of a Woman, Called the Lady of Auxerre. n.d..
Shuster, George N. The World’s Great Catholic Literature. Halcyon House, 1947.