One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Sculpture consisting of statues; statues regarded collectively.‘classical statuary’‘fragments of broken statuary’
- ‘In an interview for the show's catalogue, the artist says that the work was inspired by visits to the British Museum's galleries of ancient Greek and Roman statuary.’
- ‘Stylistic borrowings from the exposition's classical columns, bold statuary, and reflective sheets of water soon found their way into new American gardens.’
- ‘Crudely outlined heads and torsos are presented in simple, frontal poses and often resemble classical statuary more than living men.’
- ‘Among the most notable sculptures, one can find the statuaries of St. Luthgard, St. Crucifix or St. John of Nepomuk.’
- ‘Charles bridge is decorated by an alley of 30 statues and statuaries depicting saints on bridge piers.’
- ‘Day two at the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle sees the sale of furniture, silver, china, glass, fine art and garden statuary.’
- ‘Nicholas Micros's cast aluminum and plaster sculptures bear the imprint of his study of figurative and monumental statuary.’
- ‘On display are marvelous examples of statuary, jewelry, architectural elements, cylinder seals, and various decorative objects.’
- ‘Really, there are not pages enough in this paper to list it all: A bamboo grove, stained glass, carved statuary in stone and wood, inlaid tables, more.’
- ‘In the Hippodrome, for example, statuary was marshaled to depict Constantinople as the New Rome.’
- ‘According to William Edmondson, the angels told him to begin making the tombstone statuary that's now gathered into an exhibition at the Museum of American Folk Art.’
- ‘Beneath my window is a courtyard with benches, small statuaries, and some cherry trees bursting with pink blossoms that have not yet begun to drift to the grass.’
- ‘Mindful of the fact that Lausos was a Christian, they were troubled by his choice of specifically pagan images for what they believed to have been his private collection of statuary.’
- ‘Standing a bit over 6 feet tall, the bronzes had received a light, slightly pinkish, gray-ocher patina that strongly evokes classical statuary.’
- ‘Coughing on the dust, they returned and closing the door, braced the benches against it and then piled some broken statuary swiped from the corridor against the benches.’
- ‘Once in Italy, he drew incessantly, copying antique statuary as well as more recent work by Michelangelo and Raphael.’
- ‘In terms of function, it has long been known that such statuary represented the individual as a worshiper and was to be placed in a temple.’
- ‘During the course of the late third or early fourth century AD, re-use of marble statuary, rather than new production or new acquisitions sets in.’
- ‘We were shown one slide after another of oil paintings and statuary that had been cleaned and brightened with laser light, each at an average cost of $80,000.’
- ‘Among the classically inspired statuary, saints, such as St. Fiacre, the patron saint of gardeners, are popular, Galvan says.’
- 1.1archaic The art or practice of making statues.
- 1.2archaic A sculptor.
Mid 16th century: from Latin statuarius, from statua (see statue).
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