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As well as being the most enduring form of art, sculpture is certainly the most influential.Historically, nearly all Kings, Popes and tyrants have recognized the propaganda effect of inspirational sculpture.Roman Emperors distributed portrait busts of themselves to every corner of their empire; the Roman Church decorated their cathedrals, abbeys and churches with tens of thousands of statues and relief sculptures to convey the message of the Bible; Pharaohs, Kings and Emperors from Ancient Egypt, Persia, Greece and the modern world, have invested fortunes in monumental sculpture to commemorate success in battle.Modern tyrants, from Stalin to Saddam Hussein, have errected statues as monuments to their glorious rule.

Above all, its history is inextricably related to architecture, the parent art whose structures form such an important home for decorative sculptural works.

For bronzes - statues and reliefs, see: Bronze Sculpture. The Venus of Berekhat Ram (dating from c.230,000 BCE or earlier) is a basaltic figurine made during the Acheulian Period, which was discovered on the Golan Heights.

For Pentelic, Parian, Carrara stone, see: Marble Sculpture. The Venus of Tan-Tan (c.200,000 BCE or earlier) is a quartzite figurine from the same period.

In 1881 the land was purchased and the following year on March 19, the foundation stone was laid by the Bishop of Barcelona.

Gaud had moved to Barcelona to study architecture in 1868 and had to work as a builder to help finance his studies and had started to work on the Church.

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