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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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Contributors Malcolm Baker is Distinguished Professor of the History of Art at the University of California Riverside. His research focuses on eighteenth- century sculpture and the history of collecting. His books include Roubiliac and the Eighteenth-Century Monument (1995), co-authored with David Bindman and awarded the 1996 Mitchell Prize for the History of Art, and Figured in Marble: The Making and Viewing of Eighteenth-Century Sculpture (2000). He is currently working on books about sculptural por- traiture in the eighteenth century and the relationship between sculpture and the print. Fabio Barry is Lecturer in the History of Art at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and completed his PhD, on the symbolism of marbles from antiquity to the Enlightenment, at Columbia University. He was David E. Finley Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and a Curatorial Fellow at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. He is a specialist in Roman Baroque architecture and has published studies ranging from baroque light metaphysics to the architecture and painting of devotional solitude. He is co-editor, with Mario Bevilacqua and Heather Hyde Minor, of The Serpent and the Stylus: Essays on G.B. Piranesi (2006). His recent paper, ‘Walk- ing on Water: Cosmic Floors in Antiquity, Byzantium and Christendom’, published in The Art Bulletin in 2007, was awarded the Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize by the College Art Association of America. Catherine Chevillot is Curator of the Department of Sculpture at the Musée...

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