Parution : Amy R. Bloch et Daniel M. Zolli, “The Art of Sculpture in Fifteenth-Century Italy”, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2020

The Art of Sculpture in Fifteenth-Century Italy

Fifteenth-century Italy witnessed sweeping innovations in the art of sculpture. Sculptors rediscovered new types of images from classical antiquity and invented new ones, devised novel ways to finish surfaces, and pushed the limits of their materials to new expressive extremes. The Art of Sculpture in Fifteenth-Century Italy surveys the sculptural production created by a range of artists throughout the peninsula. It offers a comprehensive overview of Italian sculpture during a century of intense creativity and development. Here, nineteen historians of Quattrocento Italian sculpture chart the many competing forces that led makers, patrons, and viewers to invest sculpture with such heightened importance in this time and place. Methodologically wide-ranging, the essays, specially commissioned for this volume, explore the vast range of techniques and media (stone, metal, wood, terracotta, and stucco) used to fashion works of sculpture. They also examine how viewers encountered those objects, discuss varying approaches to narrative, and ponder the increasing contemporary interest in the relationship between sculpture and history.

  • Offers a complete account of fifteenth-century Italian sculpture, especially in its introduction, which surveys the century’s sculpture tout court
  • Essays cover a wide array of media and focus on a range of artists active throughout the Italian peninsula, from the canonical (such as Donatello and Luca della Robbia) to the less well-known (such as Bartolomeo Bellano and Antonio Rizzo)
  • Illuminates sculpture from traditional ‘centers’ of art-historical scholarship (such as Florence, Venice, Rome), while also alerting readers to less well-studied arenas of sculptural production (for example Milan and Naples)

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