Category Archives: Classic sculptures

The Oblation

Originally uploaded by mpgambo

Location: University of the Philippines, across the Philippines

This post is a tribute to the University of the Philippines’ commemoration of its Centennial Year (1908-2008).

From wikipedia:
The Oblation is the iconic symbol of the University of the Philippines, represented by a man with arms wide-stretched and face facing up, symbolizing selfless offering of one’s self to his country…The (original) Oblation was made by Professor Guillermo E. Tolentino with the help of Anastacio T. Caedo, his student apprentice…. Several replicas of the Oblation were made for campuses of the University of the Philippines, some by national artist, Napoleon Abueva, and 2005 national artist nominee Glenn Bautista…

At the UP Diliman campus, Quezon City, Philippines (uploaded by Michael Tienzo)

Front view at the UP Cebu campus, Cebu, Philippines (uploaded by APO-Zeta Omega)

at the UP Mindanao campus, Mintal, Bago Oshiro, Davao City, Philippines (uploaded by barefoot cinderella)

At the UP Open University, Laguna, Philippines (uploaded by Al Librero)

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At the UP Visayas Campus, Iloilo City, Philippines (uploaded by IAMME00)

Back view at UP Diliman Campus, Quezon City, Philippines (uploaded by orangedroplet)


St. Jerome the Priest

Flickr pic originally uploaded by Karon

Location: Sheridan Circle ( Massachusetts Ave. & 24th ), the Croatian Embassy, Washington D.C., USA

Sculptor: Ivan Mestrovic, bronze, 1954

Jerome (341-420) was born in Stridon, Croatia and became a noted clerical scholar. He later moved to Bethlehem and wrote numerous commentaries on the Bible. He is credited with being the first to translate the Bible from Hebrew into Latin…This statue originally sat on the grounds of the Franciscan Abbey, but was moved to its present location in front of the Croatian Embassy after the dissolution of Yugoslavia and the creation of the Croatian state.

About Mestrovic (from wikipedia):
Ivan Meštrović was a Croatian sculptor…(He is said to) be the greatest sculptor of religious subject matter since the Renaissance, the first living person to have a one man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.


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Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad

Originally uploaded by Steven Hannink

Location: Leningrad, Russia

Monument design by Sergei Speransky

Quoted from
This powerful and impressive monument was built …. in the early 1970s to commemorate the heroic efforts of the residents of Leningrad and the soldiers on the Leningrad Front to the repel the Nazis in the 900-day Siege of Leningrad during World War II… Decorated Russian architect Sergei Speransky won the competition with his knowledge of city construction design and the pervasiveness of the theme of World War II victory in his art…. (Afterwards) a second competition was announced for the monument, which was by then called “The Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad.” This time more than 80 applicants participated, but Speransky and his team nevertheless prevailed with their design “Eternal Flame of Our Memory.”


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The Kiss

The Kiss

Originally uploaded by ststok

Location: Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin, Texas

Sculpture by Charles Umlauf, bronze, 1970

Quoted from wikipedia:
The Umlauf Sculpture Garden is a museum and outdoor sculpture garden centered around the artistic works of American sculptor Charles Umlauf…In 1985, Charles and Angeline Umlauf donated their home, studio, and 168 Umlauf sculptures to the City of Austin. Six years later, in 1991, the city built a museum to display the artwork on adjoining city property with private funds…

Quoted from Texas Home & Living:
The Kiss, a bronze that Umlauf created in 1970, pulls the eye to the central pond. As viewers slowly circle the water, textured with Louisiana iris and water cannas, the sculpture fully reveals itself…


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