Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Garden Statues and Their History: Part ONE

Garden statues can add a certain look to any outdoor space and ornament any garden.  These types of lawn ornaments are perfect for flower gardens, any porch area, and both front and back yards.  It is important, however, not to overcrowd your place with garden statues, which is why placement of your statues is important.  Let’s take a brief look at the history of garden statues and why they have withstood the test of time.

The temples and temple gardens of Ancient Egypt were beautifully ornamented with statues of the gods.  In Greece, garden statues were placed in sacred groves.  The Romans copied many of these for use as garden ornaments.  As an example, the Venus de’Medici is believed to be a first century BC marble copy of a fourth century BC bronze.  Through the Renaissance and into the twentieth century, this approach dominated western gardens.

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