Venus of Willendorf
Sculpture has it's origins in the very earliest of modern man. While still living in caves and hunting and gathering food, man was also carving or shaping small figurines depicting various stages of life and behavior. A fertility figure, called the Venus of Willendorf, was found at Willendorf in Austria. She is about 4" tall, crudely but accurately carved, and is thought by scholars to be a religious object. She is about 25,000 years old.

From such humble beginnings sculpture has evolved into a modern form of art. Before 3000 B.C. the Egyptians and Cyclades were developing forms of sculpture that although different in style, form and material, still give insight into their cultures and lifestyles. The Egyptians began with smaller pieces, usually depicting royalty, and evolved into the enormous Sphinx and larger-than-life monuments of Ramses II. The Cyclades are thought to have begun with marble figures of women depicting death, and evolved into small, but visually powerful, fertility figures depicting life.

Around 1200 B.C., American sculpture continued with the naturalized figures of the Aztecs and Olmecs, crudely carved but ofttimes massive structures. The primitive nature of these pieces removes nothing from their powerful visage, and predates classical Greek sculpture.

Jesus Sculptur
The 5th century B.C. brought with it the predominant art forms of modern sculpture. The realism of Greece and the feature distortion of Africa, although incompatible, have survived, and remain the foundation of modern art. Although there have been many changes in sculpture between 500 B.C. and today, what we view as the beginning of modern sculpture was produced and perfected around that time in history.

Today, sculpture is anything. Any type of material can be made into a work of art depicting the artists' vision. Although we may not understand it, beauty is, indeed, in the eye of the beholder.