The Encyclopedia of Sculpture (3 Volume Set)

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For a full list of entries and contributors, a generous selection of sample entries, and more, visit the Encyclopedia of Sculpture website.

With an international scope, this fully illustrated reference spans the entire history of sculpture, from prehistoric times to the twenty-first century. While devoting significant attention to individual artists and their works, the Encyclopedia also explores sculpture from the vantage points of history, criticism, theory, aesthetics, ...

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Overview

For a full list of entries and contributors, a generous selection of sample entries, and more, visit the Encyclopedia of Sculpture website.

With an international scope, this fully illustrated reference spans the entire history of sculpture, from prehistoric times to the twenty-first century. While devoting significant attention to individual artists and their works, the Encyclopedia also explores sculpture from the vantage points of history, criticism, theory, aesthetics, production, training, and presentation, making this the most comprehensive, in-depth source on the subject ever published.

"This work, covering the entire history of three-dimensional art, is a valuable addition to a core art-reference collection. International in scope, the encyclopedia -- which contains strong supporting materials -- provides 600 detailed entries of information on artists, major works, movements, media, techniques, regions, and nations."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004.

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"The first reference work of this scale dedicated to sculpture... This will be an essential reference work for art history and studio art programs, as well as for artists and anyone interested in three-dimensional art." — Sculpture Magazine
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For this extensive, alphabetically arranged overview of the history of sculpture, Bostr m (curator, Detroit Inst. of Arts) has marshaled 500 international contributors to produce more than 800 signed entries. Covered are regions and nations (e.g., Etruscan, China), styles (e.g., Gothic, Baroque), materials and techniques (e.g., ivory, papier-mache), special topics such as site-specific sculpture, important specific works such as the Belvedere Torso, conservation, and, of course, biographies (living sculptors are included). The writing is aimed at the educated nonspecialist. The biographies hew to a standard format: a generally chronological narrative of life and works followed by a shorter factual biography, a list of selected works, and selected further reading lists, with some repetition within the parts. The bibliographies are substantial and quite up-to-date, at least through 2002, and the index is solidly detailed. The work is evenhanded in presenting non-Western artists and artistic traditions. One can of course find omissions in a work of this kind, but with the mixture of entry types, this text does provide a very sound overview of the medium in encyclopedia format. Although it lacks the overall narrative organization and flashy color of the four-volume Sculpture: History of an Art, which was originally written for a French audience, it will serve readers with specific interests much more successfully. Nicholas Penny's monograph The Materials of Sculpture has more depth on technical and material matters, but this book suffices for the general reader. Illustrations were seen in photocopy only and are not the main feature of the book. All in all, there are no other titles comparable in scope. For all art collections.-Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579582487
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/31/2003
  • Edition description: Three Volume Set
  • Pages: 1936
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 3.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Antonia Boström is an Assistant Curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts. She has held curatorial positions at the Royal Academy of Arts, London; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the National Portrait Gallery, London. Boström earned her Ph.D. from the Courthauld Institute of Art, London University in 1996. She is a contributing author to The Medici, Michelangelo, and Late Renaissance Art in Florence, 1537-1631 (Yale University Press, 2002); and Treasures from the Detroit Institute of Arts: Masters of Impressionism and Modern Art (Detroit Institute of Arts, 2001). She has authored numerous essays including "Giovanni Maria Benzoni, Randolph Rogers and the Collecting of Sculpture in Nineteenth-Century Detroit," Sculpture Journal (2000); "The Florentine Sculptor Raffaello Peri," Burlington Magazine (1998); and "The Acquisition of Flemish Landscapes for Italy on the Antwerp Art Market," Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek (1997).

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