87 episodes

The Sculptor's Funeral is the only podcast dedicated to figurative sculptors living and working today. Art history, tech talk, news, and interviews for those working in the Western European tradition of figurative sculpture, along with a social media forum and listener mail/questions/comments make this podcast required listening for any sculptor who knows the Fine Arts aren't dead, they just smell a little funny.

The Sculptor's Funeral Jason Arkles

    • Visual Arts

The Sculptor's Funeral is the only podcast dedicated to figurative sculptors living and working today. Art history, tech talk, news, and interviews for those working in the Western European tradition of figurative sculpture, along with a social media forum and listener mail/questions/comments make this podcast required listening for any sculptor who knows the Fine Arts aren't dead, they just smell a little funny.

    Episode 81 - The Road To Hellenism, Part One

    Episode 81 - The Road To Hellenism, Part One

    If 'Classic' derives from the Greek word for 'Best', then what comes after the time of Classical Athens? Something not as good for Athens, of course. But despite the fall of the world's first democracy, the arts in Athens and all of Greece continued and even flourished. In the first of this two-part episode, we'll cover the sculptors Alkamenes, Kresilas, and Skopas. In the second part, look out for Lysippos and Praxiteles.

    • 40 min
    Episode 80 - Polykleitos

    Episode 80 - Polykleitos

    In this episode. Jason discusses the sculpture of Polykleitos and the ideas behind them. One of the most celebrated sculptors in history, Polykleitos devised a new formula for the creation of figurative sculpture, known as the Kanon, which set the standard for generations of Greek sculptors following in this giant's wake. Want to be a Classicist in sculpture? The Kanon of Polykleitos is Classicism 101.

    • 47 min
    Episode 79 - The Parthenon

    Episode 79 - The Parthenon

    In this follow-up on the episode concerning the Greek sculptor Phidias, we take a look at the sculptural program of Greece's most famous structure, the Parthenon: why they were made, what they meant then, and why they have remained relevant - and even controversial - right up to our own day.

    • 42 min
    Episode 78 - The Golden Age

    Episode 78 - The Golden Age

    Vision, talent, will, and money - the perfect combination for a Golden Age in sculpture. It's only happened a small handful of times, and it happened first in 5th Century BC Greece. In the first of a series of episodes covering this period, Jason discusses well-known landmarks of Classical Greece such as the Riace Bronzes, the Discus Thrower, and the life and work of the greatest of Old Masters - Phidias.

    • 52 min
    Episode 77 - The Rise of Athens

    Episode 77 - The Rise of Athens

    What did it take to move Greek culture forward into the Classical period from the Archaic? Just a few victorious battles against impossible odds, unexpected and fantastic wealth, military and political genius, and... - oh yeah, the complete destruction of Athens. Learn how luck, will, disasters, and mayhem strong enough to wipe the archaic smile off any Greek's face kickstarted the greatest era of Greek civilization. 

    • 45 min
    Episode 76 - Naissance

    Episode 76 - Naissance

    Renaissance means 'Rebirth'. But we don't hear much about the original 'Naissance' in Ancient Greece that gave birth to what we call Classical sculpture. When were the first lifesized bronze figures cast? What were the first civic public monuments? Who invented Contrapposto? Find out here.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

Tony M - Wales ,

Brilliant!

A real pleasure to listen to from start to finish!

For anyone who loves sculpture from the nitty gritty of materials to the history of figurative sculpture this is a must listen.

Jason combines a great style with passion and encyclopedic knowledge of every aspect of the art.

My only concern, having caught up with the backlog is that he probably won't be doing 2 episodes a week! I will have to listen to them all over again - many thanks for a great podcast!!!!

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