Looking at Italian Renaissance Sculpture

Looking at Italian Renaissance Sculpture

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Looking at Italian Renaissance Sculpture offers provocative insights into the sculpture produced primarily in Florence but in other regions as well, during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Focusing on the achievements of such artists as Donatello and Michelangelo, this volume demonstrates how the methodologies of cultural anthropology, aesthetics, conservation, political theory, and literary analysis, among others, can be successfully applied to the study of sculpture. Among the themes explored in this collection of essays, many written specially for this edition and others revised and updated, are the relationship of sculpture to nature, as well as to the cultures of Greece and Rome; the role of patronage; the development of new forms, such as the statuettes and portraiture; and the creation of public monuments as vehicles of propaganda. Also emphasized are the techniques of creating sculpture in a variety of media, including bronze, marble, wood, stucco, and terracotta.

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ISBN-13: 9780521479219
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/13/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 8.46(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Sarah Blake McHam; 2. The materials and techniques of Italian Renaissance sculpture G. M. Helms; 3. The revival of antiquity in early Renaissance sculpture H. W. Janson; 4. On the sources and meaning of the Renaissance portrait bust Irving Lavin; 5. Familiar objects: sculptural types in the collections of the early Medici John T. Paoletti; 6. Holy dolls: play and piety in Florence in the Quattrocento Christiane Klapisch-Zuber; 7. The virtue of littleness: small-scale sculptures of the Italian Renaissance Joy Kenseth; 8. Public sculpture in Renaissance Florence Sarah Blake McHam; 9. Looking at Renaissance sculpture with Vasari Paul Barolsky; 10. A week in the life of Michelangelo William E. Wallace; 11. Michelangelo: sculpture, sex, and gender James M. Saslow; 12. Gendered nature and its representation in sixteenth-century garden sculpture Claudia Lazzaro; Selected bibliography.

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