Beyond Beautiful: 15 Sculptures That Look Too Real To Be True

Beyond Beautiful: 15 Sculptures That Look Too Real To Be True

It’s true that human beings are far from perfection, but sometimes they create such staggering beauty that it looks like something that came right from heaven. Artists all over the world create sculptures of outstanding beauty, breathing life into various materials like stone, marble, clay, and bronze. Looking at these masterpieces it’s hard to believe that this is something rock-solid – all the intricately made details are truly breathtaking. Such is the craftsmanship of some artists that have graced us with their talent. Here are 15 of the most fascinating sculptures ever created.



The Rape of Proserpina, Galleria Borghese, Rome
Created more than 400 years ago by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who was only 23 years old back then, this sculpture looks disturbingly life-like. Bernini strived to turn marble into wax and that’s exactly what he did.



I Am Beautiful, The Gates of Hell, Paris
Auguste Rodin created this piece in 1880. We can easily understand why he was considered a genius.



Beauty Lena, Yakutia
This monument recently erected in Yakutia (Russia) has already become the most popular target for making a selfie.

Cimitero monumentale di Staglieno, Genoa
Opened in 1851, this cemetery is world-famous for its wide array of incredible monuments, artistic sculptures, stunning mausoleums and sarcophagi with beautiful carvings.



Cimitero monumentale di Staglieno, Genoa
Most of the cemetery’s masterpieces were created by prominent 19th century sculptors including Santo Varni and Giulio Monteverde.



Expansion, New York, Usa
Artist Paige Bradley created this piece in Manhattan as a symbol of spiritual and intellectual freedom.



The Veiled Virgin. Mid-19th century
It’s hard to believe that Giovanni Straza carved this gorgeous Virgin Mary from marble. Her veil seems incredibly realistic.



Pietà, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican
Michelangelo Buonarotti was truly one of a kind. He created Virgin Mary and Jesus using marble when he was just 24 years old.

Colossus, Florence, Italy
This god of the mountains is so life-like it seems he’ll stand up any time. Italian sculptor Giambologna created him back in 1500s to commemorate Italy’s Apennine Mountains, hence the name of the god – Apennino.



Blessed Ludovica Albertoni, Rome
This funerary monument is now located in the Church of San Francesco a Ripa in Rome. Lorenzo Bernini’s genius is evident in each and every fold of Ludovica’s garment.



The Despair, Louvre, Paris
Not only is this sculpture made with care and consideration to detail, but you can also feel the emotion of the despair as if you were looking at a real person, not a statue. It was created by Jean-Joseph Perraud in 1868.



The Three Graces, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
These three ladies depict mythological daughters of Zeus: Aglaea, Euphrosyne, and Thalia. Created by Antonio Canova in 1814.



Boy Removing a Thorn, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berliini, Saksa
This outstanding work was created by Gustav Eberlein, a German painter, writer, and sculptor, whose sculptures remained banned for a long period of time in the 1900s.

David, Florence
Created around 1500, the statue of David reveals Michelangelo’s incredible attention to detail. David’s face is a real masterpiece!



Perseus with the Head of Medus, Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence
Benvenuto Cellini created this incredible sculpture in 1554 using bronze. It tells the story of Perseus beheading Medusa.

Category: Culture & Arts