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- DescriptionThe sculptors of the Roman Baroque, including masters such as Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Alessandro Algardi, and Giulia Finelli, managed to achieve an unprecedented vivaciousness in their works. And yet, the apparent life of these sculptures is persistently obscured by their materiality. Soft, undulating flesh, dramatic movements, and fluttering draperies are captured in hard and lifeless marble. Thus, sculpture challenges the beholder, is cause for confusion or frustration. Taking the manner in which the beholder's engagement with sculpture is played out in contemporary poetry and other sources as a point of departure and also introducing ideas from modern-day psychology, this study explores the various ways contemporary viewers dealt with sculpture's double character. As a result, a new light is shed on some of the unquestionable masterpieces of European art.
- Author BiographyJoris van Gastel, formerly researcher at Leiden University's research project Art, Agency and Living Presence in Early Modern Italy, is research fellow at the University of Warwick.
- Author(s)Joris van Gastel
- PublisherLeiden University Press
- Date of Publication18/06/2013
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Series TitleStudien Aus Dem Warburg-Haus Kunst Und Wirkmacht / Art and Agency
- Series Part/Volume Number12
- Place of PublicationDordrecht
- Country of PublicationNetherlands
- ImprintLeiden University Press
- Content Note85 black and white illustrations
- Weight930 g
- Width1700 mm
- Height244 mm
- Spine23 mm
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