Why did Aleksandra Domanovic chose to work with a classical model? What are the advantages for contemporary artists of using ancient models?

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When we look at Classical art, we see something timeless. What the Ancient Greeks achieved through their art, in particular the sculptures, is something akin to immortality. With just a glance, one can see and appreciate the genius in Classical sculpture: perfect musculature, graceful posture, everything exactly in proportion. Indeed,...

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When we look at Classical art, we see something timeless. What the Ancient Greeks achieved through their art, in particular the sculptures, is something akin to immortality. With just a glance, one can see and appreciate the genius in Classical sculpture: perfect musculature, graceful posture, everything exactly in proportion. Indeed, the Greeks discovered and used the golden ratio in their art to make it most pleasing to the human eye. Some people believe that the most beautiful art ever made was done in the Classical style, which is why it is treasured by museums worldwide.

Contemporary art is, perhaps, more challenging to the viewer. Oftentimes one might feel confused, or even upset, by a piece of contemporary sculpture. The goal is not to represent perfection but rather to create a strong reaction in the viewer. Whether that reaction is positive or negative depends on the artist and what they are trying to communicate. If a contemporary artist chooses to use a Classical model, as Aleksandra Domanovic has done, they do so very purposefully.

In modeling her work on an ancient piece of art, Domanovic makes it instantly familiar to a viewer. They will feel connected to it because it reminds them of all the Classical sculptures they have doubtless seen before. It looks beautiful, as all Classical art is meant to be, and not immediately challenging. By appealing to the viewer in this way, Domanovic attracts them to her work. Then, as they interact with it, they may find themselves asking questions and finding the challenge so many contemporary artists seek to present.

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