Enlighting statues for photography

Photographing a statue is not an easy task as lights used change the final rendering. Depending of the purpose of the image, lightings could be very differently choosen. For catalogue or art books, contrasted images with dramatic effets are usually preferred although for scientific images, statues properties should be shown without bias. Uniform and soft light is usually more relevant. 

Images below are showing some examples of rendering changes produced by lighting characteristics.