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Cellini and the Principles of Sculpture

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An exploration of the continued relevance of Benevenuto Cellini as artist and author.
Cellini and the Principles of Sculpture
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Benvenuto Cellini is an incomparable source on the nature of art-making in sixteenth century Italy. A practicing artist who worked in gold, bronze, marble, and on paper, he was also the author of treatises, discourses, poems and letters about his own work and the works of contemporaries. Collectively, these works show Cellini to be an authority on the reigning ideas about the virtues and properties of artists' materials, and a vivid witness to the poetically charged processes of transforming these materials into meaningful forms. In this study, Michael Cole analyzes the media in which Cellini worked as well as his theoretical writings. Examining how Cellini and those around him viewed the act of sculpture in the late Renaissance, he situates Cellini's views in the context of the history of art, science, poetics, and ethics. Cole demonstrates Cellini's continuing relevance to the broader study of artistic theory and practice in his time.
1. Salt, composition, and the goldsmith's intelligence; 2. Casting, blood and bronze; 3. The Ars Apollinea and the mastery of marble; 4. The design of virtue.
'This book examines Cellini's art in a way which would have been appreciated in the Florentine High Renaissance, fusing the aspects of the artist as an intellectual and as an artificer and portraying him as one of the most influential and important artistic creators of his time.' Art Newspaper
Author
Michael W. Cole
Pages
262
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
2002
ISBN-10
0521813212
ISBN-13
9780521813211
Format
Hardcover
Publication Date
2002-10-14
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication
Cambridge
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
DEWEY
730.92
Illustrations
66 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
Short Title
CELLINI & THE PRINCIPLES OF SC
Language
English
Media
Book
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