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Taking a new approach to consideration of the sculpture created in France during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, this book is concerned with its societal roles and the ways in which it was received. The author draws on an extensive range of texts by artists, critics, art theoreticians and other writers as well as on images, setting contemporary conceptions of the nature and purposes of sculpture and individual works into the contexts of the elite and popular cultures of the time. Among topics included are investigations of the employment of statuary for political and religious communication, pictorial representations of sculpture, the comparative roles of painting and sculpture, and the social status of various kinds of sculptors.
Previous treatments have dealt with these productions primarily in terms of stylistic developments or of the accomplishments of individual sculptors. This study however approaches its subject thematically rather than chronologically or biographically, while nevertheless acknowledging developments and variations that occurred during the period.
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The Author: Anne Betty Weinshenker is Professor of Art History and Director of the Art History Program in the Department of Art and Design, Montclair State University, New Jersey. She is a specialist in the art and art theory of the ancien régime.Review:
«Anne Betty Weinshenker’s book is a welcome historical account of the prejudice that existed against sculpture in France during the ancien régime. With admirable clarity, the author presents an archaeology of the assumptions, value-systems, and strategies used by writers and artists of the time to present sculpture as a subjugate art. [...] ‘A God or a Bench’ is extremely satisfying, giving a direct and concise address to issues that typically lurk around the fringes of sculpture historiography. The writing is always clear and incorporates dozens of themes. Some sections are rich and full, innovative and fascinating, others are more like brief introductory essays to a subject. In all cases, though, these are useful interventions.» (M.G. Sullivan, 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era)
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