Cooper, Donal / Leino, Marika (eds)
Depth of Field
Relief Sculpture in Renaissance Italy
Year of Publication: 2007
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2007. 419 pp., 61 coloured and 80 b/w ill.
ISBN 978-3-03911-111-4 pb. (Softcover)
Weight: 0.680 kg, 1.499 lbs
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Revolutionized by the sophisticated and refined works of Donatello and his contemporaries, relief sculpture acquired an unprecedented status during the Italian Renaissance. This volume has its origins in Depth of Field: Relief in the Time of Donatello, a unique collaboration between the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, and the first exhibition to focus specifically on this phenomenon. The exhibition and accompanying lectures reassessed relief sculpture as one of the most innovative and experimental visual genres of fifteenth-century Italy.
In this volume, leading scholars in the field respond to the challenges of the Leeds exhibition. The papers, selected from the conference and talks that accompanied Depth of Field, present new research on Donatello, Ghiberti, Agostino di Duccio and other sculptors. They also address the use of fictive relief by painters like Carlo Crivelli and Titian. Renaissance relief sculpture emerges as a uniquely adaptable medium, suited to invention and reproduction, but also loaded with cultural significance and ancient resonance.
Contents: Donal Cooper/Marika Leino: Introduction - Peter Dent: Contemplative Relief: Meditating on Christ through Sculptural Form in Early Trecento Italy - David G. Wilkins: The Invention of 'Pictorial Relief' - Amanda Lillie: Sculpting the Air: Donatello's Narratives of the Environment - Amy R. Bloch: The Evolution of Lorenzo Ghiberti's Approach to the Narrative Relief - Peta Motture: Agostino di Duccio and Carlo Crivelli: Playing with Two and Three Dimensions - François Quiviger: Relief is in the Mind: Observations on Renaissance Low Relief Sculpture - Eckart Marchand: Reproducing Relief: The Use and Status of Plaster Casts in the Italian Renaissance - Alison Wright: 'Sculptural Values': Reading Fictive Relief in Late Fifteenth- and Early Sixteenth-Century Italy - Marika Leino: The Production, Collection and Display of Plaquette Reliefs in Renaissance Italy - Beverly Louise Brown: Seeing the Past: Titian's Imperial Adaptation of a Classical Relief - Sarah Blake McHam: Now and Then: Recovering a Sense of Different Values.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Editors: Donal Cooper is Lecturer in the History of Art at the University of Warwick, and has published widely on art and devotion in medieval and Renaissance Italy. Before joining Warwick he taught in the Research Department at the V&A and continues to contribute to the Museum's Medieval and Renaissance Galleries Project as a Visiting Fellow.
Marika Leino is a Henry Moore Foundation postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford, and is currently working on the publication of her doctoral thesis 'Italian Renaissance Plaquettes in Context' (2003). Her research interests include the reception, collecting and status of Italian Renaissance and early modern sculpture and the history of collections.