Collecting Sculpture in Early Modern Europe
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Collecting Sculpture in Early Modern Europe by Nicholas Penny
Book DescriptionAmong the precursors of today's public museums, perhaps the most important are collections of sculpture formed in the early modern era by royal families, aristocratic amateurs, and artists. In this, the first book to survey the practice of collecting sculpture from late medieval times to the 19th century, twenty renowned scholars explore the collections of eminent artists and great princes throughout Europe. The case studies examine acquisition methods and the value that collectors placed on sculpture--coins, reliefs, busts, and statues--for opulent interior decoration and outdoor display or for use as studio models. A wide range of topics is explored, including the appeal of antiquities, the Medici ivory collection, and the business of supplying garden statues in Northern Europe, as well as ways of displaying sculpture and the meanings it had when placed on the facade of a villa or in a palace garden. Together the essays allow a comparative reading of European sculpture collections and the motives underlying their formation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300121605
(280mm x 230mm x 45mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 20-May-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Nicholas Penny
Nicholas Penny is senior curator of sculpture and decorative art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Eike D. Schmidt is associate curator of sculpture and decorative arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
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