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In the latter half of the 18th century, Johannes Wiedewelt (1731-1802) played a pivotal role in introducing an early form of Neoclassicism in Danish sculpture, by creating a large number of monuments for many different purposes. In the 17505 he studied in Paris and Rome, where he became part of an international network of pioneer-ing artists and scholars (e.g: J J Winckelmann). In Denmark Wiedewelt endeavoured to translate the ancient idiom in statuary and monuments into an "eternal", national monument style, which still appears surprisingly modern. The volume contains twelve interdisciplinary articles. The authors aim at reassess-ing Wiedewelt's role in the service of art, art theory, academic education, design, etc. Special emphasis is placed on his persistent studies on Classical Antiquity and Danish Prehistoric and Medieval monuments, which make him particularly interesting for the history of archaeology, also seen from an international perspective.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9788763507875
ISBN-10: 8763507870
Format: Hardback
(165mm x 245mm x 25mm)
Pages: 372
Imprint: Museum Tusculanum Press
Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: Denmark

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Author Biography - Marjotto Nielsen

Marjatta Nielsen, Ph.D is a classical archaeologist and art historian who has lectured at the universities of Copenhagen, Odense, and Lund. Most of her writings concern the Etruscans. She is also a specialist on Wiedewelt's Roman drawings. Annette Rathje is Associate Professor of classical archaeology at the University of Copenhagen and editor-in-chief of the monographic series Acta Hyperborea.