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A God or a Bench

Sculpture as a Problematic Art during the Ancien Régime

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Anne Betty Weinshenker

Contents: Sculpture as a public art: royal monuments and their reception; sculpture in parks and on public buildings – Life, death, and sculpture: tomb decoration; statues and death in literature and science – Linking of sculpture and idolatry: religious and political interpretations – The afterlife of the paragone: materiality and spirituality; allegories of the arts – Categorization of sculptors; the sculptor’s personality – Portrayals of sculpture in paintings and in sculptures; textual treatments.