Looking at European Sculpture: A Guide to Technical Terms

 
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This is a short, illustrated dictionary of the terms most commonly used by artists and art historians when discussing the making of Western sculpture. The book answers questions, such as: what is a socle?; what are the steps in bronze casting?; and what is a terra-cotta? It offers definitions of the techniques, processes and materials used in the production of post-classical European sculpture. Explanations of the technical terms most frequently encountered by students and museum visitors are presented in a portable format. With numerous illustrations drawn from the National Collection of Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the J. Paul Getty Museum, this volume should be a useful reference work for all those who wish to increase their enjoyment and understanding of the art of sculpture.

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Peggy Fogelman is Associate Curator of Sculpture in the J. Paul Getty Museum's Department of Sculpture and Works of Art.

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This is an excellent small dictionary, illustrated with works from the collections of the Getty and the Victoria & Albert and best suited for use in museums. Less technical in its definitions than Jack C. Rich's Materials and Methods of Sculpture (1974) and briefer than Nicholas Penny's excellent narrative The Materials of Sculpture (LJ 3/1/94), it aims to be useful to the general gallery visitor viewing post-medieval through 19th-century European sculpture. A few terms are art historical (e.g., effigy) rather than technical, but most entries define materials and techniques succinctly and very clearly. Although created almost empirically from terms encountered on the labels at the Getty and Victoria & Albert, this handy book will be useful for understanding European sculpture collections anywhere. Highly recommended.?Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib.
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