Art Nicholas Penny The Materials of Sculpture

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The Materials of Sculpture

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9780300055566: The Materials of Sculpture

This is a book that explains, with copious illustrations, both textual and pictorial, how sculpture is made. It is a survey of world sculpture that cuts across the divisions of school and chronology and examines in detail works of art, taken from all the major civilizations (from the earliest surviving Egyptian and Chinese sculpture to that of the twentieth century in Europe and Northern America), in terms of the materials and techniques used. The book is divided into chapters according to the material used - granite, ivory, wax etc. The limitations and challenges special to each of the materials - its availability, durability, versatility, size, colour etc - are defined and discussed, not only between the materials themselves, but between the art of different cultures. The book gives a completely new perspective to the history of world sculpture, and provides an excellent basic introduction to the way sculpture is made and what it is made from.

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This beautiful and authoritative book surveys the sculpture of many civilizations--from ancient Egypt, Greece and China to fifteenth-century Italy, nineteenth-century France and twentieth-century North America--to explain how sculpture is made. Nicholas Penny provides a basic introduction to the nature of the materials used by sculptures, examining how these were regarded as well as how they were worked in different periods and in different cultures.

About the Author:

Nicholas Penny is Clore Curator of Renaissance Art at the National Gallery, London. He is also the author of Church Monuments in Romantic England and co author of Taste and the Antique: The Lure of Classical Sculpture and Raphael

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