The Culture of Bronze: Making and Meaning in Italian Renaissance Sculpture

The Culture of Bronze: Making and Meaning in Italian Renaissance Sculpture

by Peta Motture


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The Italian Renaissance was a golden age for bronze sculpture, both on a grand scale—such as Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise, or Cellini’s Perseus—and more intimate statuettes and small-scale functional objects. Bronze, being both costly and luxurious, embodied power, authority, and eternity and emulated the classical past. Yet it was one of the easiest materials to recycle, especially at a time when the need for artillery was ever-present. Drawing on the latest research, and including some 200 superb images, The Culture of Bronze explores the material and making of bronzes and the interrelationships and collaboration between sculptor, foundry, and owner. Encompassing works made for domestic, religious, and civic environments, the book studies the symbolism of bronze, and the bronzes themselves, within their broader societal context.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781851779659
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 399,910
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Peta Motture is a senior curator of sculpture at the V&A.


Peta Motture lives in London.

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