Critical Perspectives on Roman Baroque Sculpture by Anthony ColantuonoCritical Perspectives on Roman Baroque Sculpture by Anthony Colantuono

Critical Perspectives on Roman Baroque Sculpture

EditorAnthony Colantuono, Steven F. Ostrow

Hardcover | February 3, 2014

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During the early modern period sculptors experimented with forms, typologies, and materials of their art in unprecedented ways. Sculpture was at the center of theoretical debates concerning the relative merits of the different arts, the differences between ancient and modern art, and the relationship between art and nature. Rome was a major center for these theoretical debates, as well as a locus for patronage and collecting. Sculptors from all over Europe came to Rome to study the remains of the antique past and to practice their art. Critical Perspectives on Roman Baroque Sculpture stakes out a new frontier of research on seventeenth-century sculpture in Rome—a frontier that looks well beyond attributional and technical questions, instead focusing on questions of historical context and criticism including the interaction of sculptural theory and practice; the creative roles of sculptors and their patrons; the relationship of sculpture to its antique models and to contemporary painting; and problems of contextual meaning and reception.

Aside from the editors, the contributors are Michael Cole, Julia K. Dabbs, Maarten Delbeke, Damian Dombrowski, Maria Cristina Fortunati, Estelle Lingo, Peter M. Lukehart, Aline Magnien, and Christina Strunck.

Anthony Colantuono is Professor of Art History at the University of Maryland.Steven F. Ostrow is Professor and Chair of Art History at the University of Minnesota.Anthony Colantuono is Professor of Art History at the University of Maryland. Steven F. Ostrow is Professor and Chair of Art History at the University of Minnesota.
Title:Critical Perspectives on Roman Baroque SculptureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 10 × 9 × 1.05 inPublished:February 3, 2014Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271061723

ISBN - 13:9780271061726


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Steven F. Ostrow and Anthony Colantuono

1 The “Accademia dei Scultori” in Late Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Rome

Peter M. Lukehart

2 Francesco Mochi: Stone and Scale

Michael Cole

3 Impossible Apostles: Francesco Mochi’s Saint Peter and Saint Paul for S. Paolo fuori le mura

Estelle Lingo

4 The Poetry of Atomism: Duquesnoy, Poussin, and the Song of Silenus

Anthony Colantuono

5 Orfeo Boselli’s Osservationi della scoltura antica: A Seventeenth-Century Treatise on Sculpture, Its Purpose, and Its Descent into Obscurity

Maria Cristina Fortunati

6 The Sculptural Altarpiece and Its Vicissitudes in the Roman Church Interior: Renaissance Through Baroque

Damian Dombrowski

7 “For we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men”: Alessandro Algardi’s Beheading of Saint Paul and the Theatricality of Martyrdom

Maarten Delbeke

8 “Appearing to be what they are not”: Bernini’s Reliefs in Theory and Practice

Steven F. Ostrow

9 The Poisoned Present: A New Reading of Gianlorenzo Bernini’s Rape of Proserpina

Christina Strunck

10 “Humoring” the Antique: Michel Anguier and the Physiological Interpretation of Ancient Greek Sculpture

Julia K. Dabbs

11 On Causes and Effects: Imitating Nature in Seventeenth-Century Sculpture Between Rome and Paris

Aline Magnien

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Editorial Reviews

“This book is certain to be an essential point of reference for any scholar broaching the subject of sculpture in early modern Rome. It is important for the diversity of its perspectives, the attention paid to particular works and genres, and the sophisticated analyses that breathe intellectual life back into the cold stone, all of which are prefaced by a much needed and comprehensive review of the historiography of the field.”—Fabio Barry, Stanford University