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Tullio Lombardo and Ideal Portrait Sculpture in Renaissance Italy, 1490–1530

Tullio Lombardo and Ideal Portrait Sculpture in Renaissance Italy, 1490–1530

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  • Author: Alison Luchs, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
  • Date Published: December 1995
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print June 2005
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521470759

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  • This book focuses on Tullio Lombardo's 'double-portrait', those mysterious noble reliefs containing busts of young couples whose meaning has long eluded scholars. Positing their significance as a new genre for private delectation created by a sculptor best known for public, and primarily funerary, monuments, Alison Luchs sets these and related works against the striking rarity of independent portrait sculpture in Venice before the mid-sixteenth century. Among other issues that Luchs considers are Venetian receptivity to the particularly expressive quality of this genre and the style as it develops in relation to contemporary Venetian painting, especially that of Giorgione and his followers. She concludes this richly illustrated study by suggesting that Tullio's extraordinary double-portrait sculpture played a critical role in preparing a Venetian audience for the acceptance of the individualised portrait bust.

    • Applies the study of an artistic/social context to an interpretation of a new genre emerging from that context
    • Publishes many new or unfamiliar photos of Venetian Renaissance sculpture
    • Assembles evidence of exchanges of ideas between Venetian painters and sculptors in the early sixteenth century
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 1995
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521470759
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 210 x 27 mm
    • weight: 1.067kg
    • contains: 209 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print June 2005
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Venetian setting and demand for modern sculpture
    2. Tullio Lombardo's development as a sculptor
    3. The Ca' d'Oro relief and the beginnings of ideal portrait sculpture
    4. Ideal portrait sculpture reconsidered: Bacchus and Ariadne and the dialogue with painting
    5. Developments in ideal portrait sculpture: the double-portrait relief in other hands
    6. Distillations of ideal portrait sculpture: single figure reliefs, religious adaptations, and miniature bronze busts
    7. The Venetian bust: ideal portraits, surrogate antiques, and the emerging modern likeness.

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    Alison Luchs, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

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