neoclassical sculpture

Yannoulis Chalepas (1851-1938)
“Sleeping Female Figure” (1877)
Located at the Tomb of Sofia Afentaki, First Cemetery of Athens, Greece


Sculpture of St. Sebastian by Giuseppe Giorgetti, mid 17th century.
St. Sebastian was a man who joined the Roman army in 283, concealing his Christianity. Upon Emperor Diocletian’s discovery of his Christianity, a persecuted religion at the time, he was tied to a tree naked as target practice and shot by his fellow soldiers. It is said that he miraculously survived and was rescued, but after his revival was beaten to death with clubs and thrown into a sewer. 

Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844)
“Hygieia and Aesculapius” (1838-1840)
Possibly executed by Johann Scholl after Thorvaldsen’s relief
Located in the Thorvaldsen Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark

Aesculapius is the god of medicine, and his daughter Hygieia is the goddess of health. Here, Hygieia is giving a drink of health to the snake entwining Aesculapius’ staff.