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The Culture of Bronze: Making and Meaning in Renaissance Sculpture

The Culture of Bronze: Making and Meaning in Renaissance Sculpture (Hardback)

By Motture, Peta

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Being both costly and luxurious, bronze arguably carries the most significance of all the sculptural materials. In the Renaissance, the use of bronze embodied power, authority and eternity and emulated the classical past. Yet it was one of the easiest materials to recycle, especi...ally when the need for artillery was often pressing. Nonetheless the Italian Renaissance was a golden age for the production of sculpture in bronze, such as Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise, Verrocchio's Colleoni monument or Cellini's Perseus. Bronze is generally defined as an alloy of copper and tin, but can contain zinc, lead and other elements. The term `bronze' is often applied to any copper-alloy sculpture. The Culture of Bronze draws on the latest research to explore the material and making of bronzes; the inter-relationships and collaboration between sculptor, founder and owner in the key centres of production, such as Florence, Padua, and the often over-looked city of Ferrara; as well as the inter-connections with Northern Europe. Encompassing works made for domestic, religious and civic environments, the book explores the symbolism of bronze, and the bronzes themselves, within their broader context in renaissance society.
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ISBN 9781851779659
Released NZ 1 Apr 2019
Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
Format Hardback
Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9781851779659
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
Imprint V & A Publishing
Released 1 Apr 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Motture, Peta
Category Renaissance art
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 210mm
Height: 280mm
Dewey Code 739.512
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Bronze sculpture, Renaissance - Italy, Bronze sculpture, Italian
NBS Text Fine Arts / Art History
ONIX Text General/trade