Tullio Lombardo and Ideal Portrait Sculpture in Renaissance Italy, 1490-1530

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This book focuses on Tullio Lombardo's 'double-portrait', those mysterious noble reliefs containing busts of young couples whose meaning has long eluded scholars. Positing their significance as a new genre for private delectation created by a sculptor best known for public, and primarily funerary, monuments, Alison Luchs sets these and related works against the striking rarity of independent portrait sculpture in Venice before the mid-sixteenth century. Among other issues that Luchs considers are Venetian receptivity to the particularly expressive quality of this genre and the style as it develops in relation to contemporary Venetian painting, especially that of Giorgione and his followers. She concludes this richly illustrated study by suggesting that Tullio's extraordinary double-portrait sculpture played a critical role in preparing a Venetian audience for the acceptance of the individualised portrait bust.

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This book focuses on one of Tullio Lombardo's most famous works, whose meaning has long eluded scholars. Situating it in the context of art and collecting during a vital period in Venetian art history, Alison Luchs's study sheds light on the meaning of this alluring double portrait, setting this and related works against the striking rarity of independent portrait sculpture in Venice before the mid-sixteenth century.

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"Writing in an engaging, conversational tone, the author takes a forthright, no-nonsense attitude toward a number of thorny issues...the book represents a fundamental contribution to the history of Renaissance sculpture." Choice "...the book is a pleasure to read and to use--the footnote apparatus is clear and accessible, the photographs excellent, the bibliography impressive, and the index usable...Her discussions encompass issues of politics, culture, and philosophy and, therefore, can be profitably mined by anyone interested in the period." Shelley E. Zuraw, Speculum

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