The Reawakening of Ancient Greece in a Series of Apollo Statues

A brief insight to the collection

The Apollo god has been interpreted through statues, paintings, and other works of art for centuries. However, only a few of these interpretations manage to capture the full essence of the Greek civilization. The Apollo Statue Collection by Heka Statue makes this look easy with their fifteen-piece collection depicting the Apollo god in various ways. As the Apollo god is one of the major deities in Greek mythology, he is also the most important and loved out of all the other gods. This fact begs for the sculptors to do Apollo justice through their statue work and do their best to grasp the complex and grand nature associated with the god. Interior designing can seem intimidating, but Heka Statue assures you it does not have to be. The first four pieces in the Apollo Statue Collection are focused on the head and bust area of Apollo.

They are manufactured from high-quality resin and designed for home or gallery decor. Even though the dimensions for the bust statues are somewhat similar, they are all unique from one another. Each statue manages to stand out from the rest. The statues are also manually painted, and the designs are added with careful consideration. Their texture is kept smooth for a modern look. The elements of the classical sculpture are kept intact when manufacturing this Apollo Statue Collection. These include careful detail and focus on the proportions of the sculpture. All parts must be kept in balance, and the human body is emphasized to look perfect.

Ancient Greece Reflected Through Statues

The ancient Greeks were known to decorate their living spaces, neighborhoods, and towns extensively with artifacts. Apart from sculptures, the effort was also put into designing mosaics, architecture, and pottery. Despite this, the sculptors of ancient Greece were the most famous of the artists. A large part of their work was lost when the empire was ruined, but the copies and other interpretations still survive to this day. The interpretations carried out by Heka Statue result in timeless pieces of Apollo Statues.

Most Ancient Greek statues mirror the youth and accomplishments of humans. The statues dedicated to the Gods are intended to honor the gods as well. However, they are sculpted in the form of young and athletic men and women in their prime. Reinventing and reviving ancient statues that have strongly influenced the modern culture is no easy task. The Apollo Statue aesthetic is taken quite seriously when sculpting the statue pieces. The larger of the statues are crafted with bronze and copper and stand almost forty inches tall. Apollo is often depicted with a bow and arrow, standing nude, with a cloak gracefully draped over the shoulders. Ancient Greeks are widely recognized for their contributions to sculpture and philosophy. Their efforts in the region of architecture are also to consider, as both demonstrate skill and craftsmanship that was surely beyond their time. When Ancient Greek art is brought into question, the figures are idealized and given a superior quality, whether in statues or paintings.

Browse The Best Statues of Apollo

One of the pieces that stand out the most in the Apollo Statue Collection by Heka Statue is the Apollo and Daphne statue. The unit has been sculpted with marble at the base and topped with bronze to highlight some of the previously overlooked aspects. The finish is provided by the wax casting technique polished over the statue by hand to ensure a perfect cover. The collection also contains the Apollo Belvedere Bust, which is rumored to belong to the Roman civilization. This piece is light charcoal, and the details of Apollo's hair and facial features are highlighted in a darker shade. Apart from five pieces in the collection, the rest are all dedicated to the bust and head of Apollo. These Bust sculptures contain the head, neck, and half of Apollo's chest. They are manufactured in resin, and they are all designed differently. The first two pieces are quite similar, but they are contrasts of each other. The dimensions and sculpting are the same, but one of the pieces is entirely black, while the other is altogether ivory resin. The gold foil contrasts with Apollo's head's eyes and temples that are the same in both black and white sculptures. The Apollo Head Statue is also pure white, with bursts of multi-colored paint dripping from the surface. However, the paint is only an illusion, and it is colored resin. This statue is the most modern out of all the others and can blend in with the contemporary interior.

Who is God Apollo?

There is no definite recorded time to determine when Greek mythology exactly started. This is mainly because most legends, myths, and stories were passed down via oral traditions. If there were documented proof, written or painted, it would be easier to date the artifacts and figure out when it all started. Several centuries of orally told stories gave birth to an entire set of myths that included some of the most influential gods and goddesses. Among these, Apollo is recognized to be the god of light, the sun, music, and prophecy. His complexity and importance were noted throughout the civilization, and he was a major source of worship. Apollo is the son of Zeus, the God of the sky and thunder, and the Titan Leto, the goddess of motherhood. She gave birth to Apollo and his twin sister, Artemis, goddess of hunting and the wilderness. Apollo is often depicted as the epitome of youth, beauty, and strength as the story follows. Any sculpture dedicated to Apollo is the image of a young, lean, muscled man. To further emphasize his youth, his face is shown to be devoid of any beard, and instead, be smooth and hairless. To reinstate the complexity of Apollo, it should be noted that he was associated with healing powers and medicine by the people of Ancient Greece. However, he was also known to bring deadly diseases such as the plague.

It is important to note that the Olympics were originated in Ancient Greece. This has much to do with the athletic build of the sculptures from that era and the perfectly sculpted muscles. After all, it makes sense that the sculptors were doing so to document and inspire the state of their athletes. All details were kept under close consideration, and Ancient Greek sculptures are most praised and recognized for their excellent depiction of the human body. As craftsmanship like this was seldom seen before, Ancient Greek art was often copied by several civilizations. The most celebrated Apollo sculpture is undoubtedly the Apollo Belvedere. It is also sometimes called the Pythian Apollo or Apollo of the Belvedere. The statue shows Apollo as the ideal male form, as art dedicated to him often does. However, there is also to consider the delicate curls on the head tied back with some band while the rest hang down his neck. On Apollo's right, there is a short tree trunk on which he leans. When looked closely, a snake is also visibly curled onto the trunk. The snake is symbolic for the sculpture as most historians claim that it represents the exact moment when Apollo killed a serpent using his bow and arrow. The statue was originally discovered in the fifteenth century, and it is a marble copy of the bronze one that the Ancient Greeks made. The bow and arrow are often associated with Apollo to emphasize his role as the god of archery.

History of the Apollo and Daphne sculpture

In Greek mythology, Daphne is a nymph, described as a minor goddess that is often beautiful and associated with nature. Daphne was associated with water, fountains, springs, and wells. It is unclear who Daphne's parents exactly are, but they are rumored to be the river god, Peneus, and Creusa. As the legend goes, Apollo was struck by Daphne's beauty and started chasing her. Some claim that Apollo was previously by the love-inducing arrows of Eros, which is what caused the entire situation. Daphne did not return Apollo's advances and tried to run away from him, and her cries were heard by her father, Peneus, and the goddess, Gaea. Although Daphne insisted that Apollo leave her alone, he took an oath to honor her for as long as he could, saying, "Always my hair will have you, my lyres will have you, my quivers will have you, laurel tree." Apollo also made Daphne evergreen using his powers of youth and immortality. To save her, she was transformed into a laurel tree, which eventually became the sacred tree of Apollo at the Pythian games. The winners at the game were given a laurel crown to honor Apollo. The myth also serves as the origin of the laurel tree, and due to the evergreen quality given to Daphne, the leaves of a bay laurel tree do not decay. In initial Greek mythology, there was not much about Apollo's consorts or female lovers. His relations were kept to a minimum, and these legends are a recent development. Apart from Daphne, he was allegedly involved with about nine Muses and had numerous children. Out of all of them, the most prominent ones are Asclepius, Troilus, Aristaeus, and Orpheus.

In terms of sculpture, the most well-known of Apollo and Daphne was crafted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1652. The statue is pure white and entirely marble. It shows Apollo chasing Daphne, as the two are in mid-run, with their legs flying out beneath them. Apollo was wearing a cloak made out of a thin material around his upper legs and draped on his left shoulder. Daphne is almost entirely nude, except for a thin cloth wrapped around her left upper thigh. It is believed that she was originally clothed; it was the chase that rendered her almost naked. Despite being less than thirty years old, Bernini had managed to capture the elements of love, lust, desire, and terror felt by Daphne all in one sculpture. It is currently located in the Borghese Gallery and Museum, which is in Rome, Italy. The statue itself is also considered Roman as it was an Italian artist that sculpted it. The Apollo and Daphne statue is still regarded as relevant today, almost four hundred years later, because it describes the ancient events of a man's relentless pursuit of a woman. Since then, several artists have copied the sculpture, and it is also included in the Apollo Collection by Heka Statue. The copies, as well as the original statue, are all dramatic and disturbingly realistic.

Location of The Statue of Apollo

The sculpture in question here is the original Apollo Belvedere, the Roman copy of the original Ancient Greek statue. This sculpture was made somewhere between 117 and 138 AD, and it is currently located in the Octagonal Court of the Museo Pio Clementino in the Vatican Museums. This museum is one of the 26 in the Vatican City of Europe, and it is noted for its vast collection of ancient sculptures and other art pieces. To describe the statue, it is almost two and a half meters in height and stands quite tall and life-sized. It shows Apollo standing in a neutral stance, with one arm half raised. The body is muscled but not bulky. He looks strong and almost alive due to the careful workmanship. The statue also shows a cloak thrown over his left shoulder and also draped across his arm. Other than this and some sandals on his feet, Apollo is fully naked in the sculpture. The mediums most commonly used at the beginning of Ancient Greek sculpture were clay, ivory, or bronze. However, the first limestone sculptures emerged somewhere in the middle of the 7th century. Then, during the Classical period, the Ancient Greeks set things in motion for the greatest sculpting revolution. They took to designing life-sized models of the male nude body that were indistinguishable from real-life humans. The medium used most commonly for these statues was marble. Marble allowed sculptors to fully capture the minuscule details of the human body and their clothes, which could not be previously achieved by ivory or bronze.