Collecting Sculpture in Early Modern Europe

Collecting Sculpture in Early Modern Europe


Among 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 Collecting Sculpture in Early Modern Europe, 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 in Collecting Sculpture in Early Modern Europe, 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 façade 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.

Product Code 1010275
ISBN 9780300121605
author Nicholas Penny, Eike D. Schmidt
B&W illustrations 383
Colour illustrations 56
Format Hardcover
GTIN 9780300121605
Pages 512
Published June 2008
publisher Yale University Press
Dimensions 23.9 X 28.7 X 4.6
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