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Revival and Invention

Sculpture through its Material Histories

Edited By Sébastien Clerbois and Martina Droth

Materials may seem to be sculpture’s most obvious aspect. Traditionally seen as a means to an end, and frequently studied in terms of technical procedures, their intrinsic meaning often remains unquestioned. Yet materials comprise a field rich in meaning, bringing into play a wide range of issues crucial to our understanding of sculpture. This book places materials at the centre of our approach to sculpture, examining their symbolic and aesthetic language, their abstract and philosophical associations, and the ways in which they reveal the political, economic and social contexts of sculptural practice. Spanning a chronology from antiquity through to the end of the nineteenth century, the essays collected in this book uncover material properties as fundamental to artistic intentionality.

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List of Figures 4.1. Portal of St Jakob, c. 1450–55. Straubing. © Martin Hirsch. 77 4.2. Seated deacon (portal), clay, c. 1450–55. Straubing, St Jakob. © Bernd Steinhaus. 78 4.3. St John Evangelist, clay, c.1475–85. Landshut, St Martin. © Bernd Steinhaus. 79 4.4. St John Evangelist, detail. Landshut St Martin. © Bernd Steinhaus. 80 4.5. Madonna of Frengkofen, clay, c. 1440. Regensburg, Diözesanmuseum. © Bernd Steinhaus. Courtesy of the Kunstsammlungen des Bistums Regensburg Diözesanmuseum-Domschatzmuseum. 81 4.6. Pietà of Kranzberg, clay, c. 1490. Munich, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum. © Bernd Steinhaus. Courtesy of the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum München. 82 4.7. Head of a Saint (St Sixtus?), clay, c. 1490. Freising Dombergmuseum. © Diözesanmuseum Freising. 83 4.8. St Corona, clay. Bubach, c. 1450. St Corona. © Bernd Steinhaus. 84 4.9 St Corona, detail of the back. 84 4.10. Matthew, view from behind, clay, c. 1485. Landshut, St Martin. © Bernd Steinhaus. 85 4.11. Matthew, detail of the back. Landshut, St Martin. © Bernd Steinhaus. 86 4.12. Madonna, clay, c. 1490. Freising, Dommuseum. © Albrecht Miller. Courtesy of the Diözesanmuseum Freising. 87 4.13. Mary, wood, c. 1490. Munich, court chapel of Blutenburg. © Bernd Steinhaus. 88 4.14. Madonna, clay, c. 1490. Freising, Dommuseum. © Diözesanmuseum Freising. Photo: Rainer Alexander Gimmel. 89 4.15. Madonna, detail. Freising, Dommuseum. © Bernd Steinhaus. 90 xiv List of Figures 5.1. Ambrogio Brambilla, Il vero ritratto della mirabil’opera di basso rilievo di cera stuccata … con la dichiaratione delle historie figure ef figie e ripartimento fatta dell’istesso auttore a benefitio universale, copper engraving, c. 1590. Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica...

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