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Title :

Limewood, chiromancy and narratives of making : writing about the materials and processes of sculpture

Author :
BAKER, Malcolm ;
Publication year :
1998
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Revisits Michael Baxandall's 1980 publication the Limewood sculptors of Renaissance Germany, dealing with the book's innovatory mode of writing about the materials and processes of sculpture. The first section is concerned with the responses to Limewood sculptors and argues that the concern with sculptural technique that runs throughout the book deserves more attention. The second section examines various more familiar conventions for writing about sculptural process. The third section considers Baxandall's adoption of Paracelsus's notion of chiromancy - 'the art of reading the inner character of a person or thing from its external character' - for an understanding of limewood sculpture. This interpretive strategy opens up the possibility of questions of material and process being treated not as a discrete subject but instead being allowed to inform and inflect the discusssion of many other issues throughout the book. In the final section the implications of Baxandall's writing about sculptural process for other periods and cultures are explored through a discussion of 18th-c. sculptural practice and the extent to which materials and process were registered by contemporary viewers. Takes as a case study the ways in which the drawings and models for Roubiliac's Argyll monument (London, Westminster Abbey) might be interpreted. ;
Pagination/Size :
15 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Allemagne ; Argyll, John Campbell, duke of, 1678-1743 ; Baxandall, Michael, n.1933 ; Ecrits ; Grande-Bretagne ; Historiens de l'art ; London (GBR), Westminster Abbey ; Monument funéraire ; Monument à John Campbell, Duke of Argyll ; Renaissance ; Roubiliac, Louis François, 1702-1762 ; Sculpture ; Technique ; Théorie de l'art ; Tilleul (bois) ; 1400-1600 ; 1400-1800 ; 1700-1800 ; 1900-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Argyll, John Campbell, duke of, 1678-1743 ; Art historians ; Art theory ; Baxandall, Michael, b.1933 ; Germany ; Great Britain ; Linden (wood) ; London (GBR), Westminster Abbey ; Monument to John Campbell, Duke of Argyll ; Renaissance ; Roubiliac, Louis François, 1702-1762 ; Sculpture ; Sepulchral monuments ; Technique ; Writings ; 1400-1600 ; 1400-1800 ; 1700-1800 ; 1900-2000 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Art history, 1998, 21, 4, Dec
INIST identifier :
24998806 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0141-6790 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Routledge & Kegan, Henley-on-Thames
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;