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Looking at Italian Renaissance Sculpture

Looking at Italian Renaissance Sculpture

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Sarah Blake McHam, G. M. Helms, H. W. Janson, Irving Lavin, John T. Paoletti, Christiane Klapisch-Zuber, Joy Kenseth, Paul Barolsky, William E. Wallace, James M. Saslow, Claudia Lazzaro
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  • Date Published: April 2000
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print February 2005
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521479219

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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.

    • First collection of essays on critical approaches and methodologies to Italian Renaissance art and sculpture
    • Only study of drawings about the range of techniques used in producing sculpture in a book available to students
    • Extensive photographic corpus of 15th- and 16th-century sculpture
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    '… brings together a fascinating body of cognate material that it will take me at least some time to digest and feed back into the study of sculpture.' Charles Avery, Renaissance Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521479219
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 280 x 217 x 20 mm
    • weight: 1.005kg
    • contains: 141 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print February 2005
  • 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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    Sarah Blake McHam, Rutgers University, New Jersey


    Sarah Blake McHam, G. M. Helms, H. W. Janson, Irving Lavin, John T. Paoletti, Christiane Klapisch-Zuber, Joy Kenseth, Paul Barolsky, William E. Wallace, James M. Saslow, Claudia Lazzaro

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