Sadness etched in stone

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The sculptures linked here as “15 utterly incomparable sculptures of the past and present” may or may not be utterly incomparable but are unutterably beautiful, some perhaps more fervently so than others. Most or maybe all evoke sadness, melancholy or despair. Here they are to twist your heart.

Whoever selected these for the website Brightside – his or her identity is unrevealed – introduced them with some trenchant words:

It’s said that stone can never come to life. However, the greatest masters of sculpture have proven this wrong time and again. In their skilled hands, incredibly lifelike masterpieces are born — when you look at them you can almost believe that at any moment a gentle sigh will escape those stone lips, and those rigid eyelashes will flicker in awe.

Desire for a beloved one’s resurrection is among the most powerful feelings that can fill the sad hearts of the living.

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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