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There are two definitions for fragment in sculpture. The first definition refers to a piece of sculpture that has survived where the whole work has not, due to some type of calamity or just age itself. This piece of sculpture may even be found many years after it was part of a whole work as in an archaeological excavation and has value not only by itself but because it is beautiful or significant in terms of the whole.

The other definition for fragment applies to a sculpture that, for some reason, was purposely composed in a fragmentary state. Ivan Mestrovic's "Torso of a Hero", that is now in the Tate Gallery in London, is a good example of the second type of "fragment". Also, there are works by Rodin that show part of a figure coming out of a block that fit the second definition. Michelangelo also did some fragmentary sculpture; however, rather than intending that it be fragment sculpture when he started, it was more that he gave up on the work because he wasn't satisfied with it.

 
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