From the publisher:
In recent years, art historians have begun to delve into the patronage, production and reception of sculptures-sculptors’ workshop practices; practical, aesthetic, and esoteric considerations of material and materiality; and the meanings associated with materials and the makers of sculptures. This volume brings together some of the top scholars in the field, to investigate how sculptors in early modern Italy confronted such challenges as procurement of materials, their costs, shipping and transportation issues, and technical problems of materials, along with the meanings of the usage, hierarchies of materials, and processes of material acquisition and production. Contributors also explore the implications of these facets in terms of the intended and perceived meaning(s) for the viewer, patron, and/or artist. A highlight of the collection is the epilogue, an interview with a contemporary artist of large-scale stone sculpture, which reveals the similar challenges sculptors still encounter today as they procure, manufacture and transport their works.
Alessandro Vittoria, St. Sebastian, 1562-64, San Salvatore, Venice
Michelangelo, David, 1501-4, Accademia, Florence
Michelangelo, Rebellious Slave, ca. 1513-15, Louvre, Paris
Cast from models attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, Rearing Horse and Mounted Warrior, 16th century or later, copper-tin alloy with lead (bronze), Szépművészeti Múzeum (Museum of Fine Arts), Budapest
Leonardo da Vinci, A body of cavalry c.1503-4, Black chalk, Royal Collection Trust, RCIN 912339