Man has always been fascinated in his image and likeness. Portrait sculpture touches all of us simply because it brings us face to face with men or women from the past and preserves the features, expression, clothing and jewelry of a time now gone.
We can take a look at the faces of beauties from the past, and the true likeness of heroes who have been immortalized in stone or precious metal. The portrait sculptor is responsible for this. You can see the sculptures of famous personalities online. You can visit statues.com/bust-statues to see the bust of Abraham Lincoln.
Sculptures provide a good ethnographic record of our heritage and never cease to engage us because of human interest. Even our currency bears the effect of the portrait sculptor, with heads usually appearing on coins.
Some of the oldest known portrait sculptures are of Egyptians and they are seen on tombs, but bronze sculptures have been found in the tombs of Chinese emperors. Very early statues ended up being produced from clay and natural stone, but the breakthrough discovery of the power to smelt metal led to bronze becoming a favorite medium.
Statues are today more widely available. However, they are still a luxury item as they require the skills of a qualified artist.