5 Most Overrated Statues of All Time
Unlike these overrated lists...
...ranking the five most overrated statues of all time is a bit trickier.
To keep it uniform, we didn't include works such as when some guy thought it would be a good idea to carve the mugs of former U.S. Presidents into the side of a mountain.
Abstract pieces aren't on here either.
What made the cut? Michelangelo and a baby who can't control his little baby bladder.
5. Alexandros of Antioch's Venus de Milo It's definitely stunning, but this ancient Greek statue, found at Milos Island by a peasant in 1820, suffers from the same tourist-fueled fate as its museum-mate The Mona Lisa: Folks from all over spend thousands of bucks to get to Paris's Musée du Louvre and pack the crap out of the areas around the statue and da Vinci's painting.
4. Edvard Eriksen's The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue) This bronze statue, which has been posing on a rock in the Copenhagen Harbor since 1913 (with a short stint at the Shanghai Expo in 2010), is only four feet tall. Once you get to the sight, which isn't all that convenient from the center of Copenhagen, you'll be underwhelmed by the little lady. Plus, the backdrop is an industrial harbor with cranes and smokestacks. Save your money and look at images of her on the Internet.
3. Jerome Duquesnoy's Manneken Pis "Brussels's Oldest Citizen" is what it is: A bronze, diaper-less baby who pees into a pool of water. We repeat, it's a little human going number one and that's not cool/interesting/cute/a fine piece of art. If you do fall into this tourist trap, you'll see what we mean. To ease the disappointment, tuck your tail in between your legs and eat a Belgian waffle at the nearest café.
2. Michelangelo's David The 17-foot male marble nude is beautiful and magnificent, but located in the not-worth-it, second-rate Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence, Italy. (Don't be fooled by the outside David -- it's a replica.) Unless you want to fight the anti-infrastructure of the tiny Italian town, the headache isn't worth it. Instead, check out Michelangelo's Pietà at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.
1. Auguste Rodin's The Thinker Rodin's applauded 1902 bronze and marble statue of dude taking a load off to ponder life's biggest conundrums -- at least that's the association since The Thinker is the unofficial mascot of philosophy -- is okay..if you like looking at some bloke sitting on his bum instead of protesting the conditions of the coal mines, taking prevented measures to avoid typhoid or whatever else people did in 1902.
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