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One day, the Renaissance master Michelangelo said he saw an angel in the marble, and carved the marble until it was free.
500 years later, that angel is still here, among other Renaissance sculptures at the Louvre's new exhibition "Body and Soul".
The Renaissance is widely known for its painting masters, such as Leonardo da Vinci. These masters were inspired by statues like these, which were the first art forms created during that period.
The ancient Greek statue inspired the Italian painter, Raphael. "Three Graces" are nymphs that represent the divinity of nature.
Louvre Chief Curator Marc Bormand says the position of the body creates a melody of its own.
The curator says Renaissance artists showed the way for how to represent nature—somewhere between the physical world and a world of divine beauty.