“Metaphysics in Marble,” an article on sculpture by art historian Mary Ann Sures, was published by Ayn Rand in The Objectivist (February–March, 1969) and recommended by Rand in the revised edition of The Romantic Manifesto.
Quoting from the article: “This discussion is a brief historical survey . . . to indicate the means by which sculpture expresses abstractions—and to demonstrate the connection between the dominant philosophy of a given era and its sculpture.” The article was originally published without illustrations.
Now, for the first time, the article is available online, supplemented by footnotes containing links to more than thirty online illustrations selected by the author to enhance appreciation of her text.
“The Ayn Rand Institute thanks Mary Ann Sures,” said ARI executive director Yaron Brook, “for making her article available to a new generation of readers, and for including links to images that create a multimedia experience for everyone.”
To access the article, click here.
Note: This article will be available on the current Ayn Rand Institute website for a limited time. The Institute’s digital strategy calls for the existing site to be replaced in early 2014 with a new site, on which the article will not be immediately available.