18th-Century Statue Has a Delicate Net Carved From a Single Slab of Marble—Check Out the Details

A marble statue carved in the 18th century has become world-renowned for an “impossible” feature: a delicately draping fisherman’s net with detailed knots, rendered by hand entirely from marble, that looks so authentic it could be the real thing.
Il Disinganno, or “The Release from Deception,” is the magnum opus of the Genoese artist Francesco Queirolo, one of Italy’s leading 18th-century artists. The statue depicts an angel standing on a globe with a Bible at his feet, helping release a fisherman from a tangled fishing net. At first glance, the net seems to be made from real rope fibers. Upon closer inspection, the viewer can see that it is carved from a single block of marble and allegedly took Queirolo seven years to render…. Source

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