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Il marmo spirante: Sculpture and Experience in Seventeenth-Century Rome


van Gastel, Joris (2013). Il marmo spirante: Sculpture and Experience in Seventeenth-Century Rome. Berlin: Akademie Verlag.

Abstract

The sculptors of the Roman Baroque, including masters such as Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Alessandro Algardi, and Giuliano 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.

Abstract

The sculptors of the Roman Baroque, including masters such as Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Alessandro Algardi, and Giuliano 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.

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Item Type:Monograph
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Art History
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:14 Nov 2018 13:05
Last Modified:24 Sep 2019 23:51
Publisher:Akademie Verlag
Series Name:Studien aus dem Warburg-Haus
Volume:12
Number of Pages:332
ISBN:978-3-05-005948-8
Additional Information:Based on the author's thesis, Leiden University, 2011
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1524/9783050062624
Official URL:https://www.degruyter.com/viewbooktoc/product/219351
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