Artwork of the month: A true beauty

8April 2008

This marble sculpture is one of the most beautiful marble busts that I have ever seen. It is on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  It will surprise you with its perfection if you let it.  

Jean Antoine Houdon
French, 1741-1828
“Portrait of Madame de Sérilly”
1780, marble

“Positively, my social philosophy may be said to be enshrined in three words:  liberty, equality and fraternity.  Let no one however say that I have borrowed my philosophy from the French Revolution.  I have not.  My philosophy has its roots in religion and not in political science.  I have derived them from the teachings of my master, the Buddha.”
-B. R. Ambedkar (founder of the Indian constitution).