Statues have always been a huge part of the world’s culture. Some pieces have achieved great popularity that they’ve become icons in their own right. Consider the Statue of Liberty (New York), Christ the Redeemer ( Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Great Sphinx (Gaza, Egypt) and many others. They’re become more than pieces of art but cultural landmarks that generations have appreciated and treasured throughout the years.
Not all sculptures, however, are what they appear to be. Some have entirely deep stories that explain their mysterious appearance such as in this list we got from Brightside. In this series, we are going to share some of these famous statues. In this article we are going to talk about “The Veiled Vestal” . It was created in mid 19th century and located in Vatican Museums, Rome.
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You look at these statues, whose faces are covered by a semi-transparent veil, and wonder how this could ever have been made with simple stone. The secret is in the marble that was used. The block that eventually became the sculpture had two layers — one of them more transparent, and one thicker than the other. Monti worked the marble, preserving the normal surface texture, while carving along the edge separating the solid part from the transparent one. This helped create the veil effect.