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Italian Medieval Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters

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Italian Medieval Sculpture

Publisher: Yale University Press

Authors: Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Lisbeth, and Jack Soultanian, with contributions by Richard Y. Tayar

Published: 2010

Hardcover

Illustrated

The collection of Italian medieval sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters began with the acquisition in 1908 of a Romanesque column statue; today the Museum's holdings comprise more than seventy works dating from the ninth to the late fifteenth century.

The earlier pieces evidence traces of Roman and Early Christian influences, while the later ones presage the forms and themes of the Renaissance. The birthplaces of these works range from Sicily to Venice; some typify local styles, others illustrate the intense artistic exchanges taking place within Italy and between Italy and the wider world.

The majority of works in the collection are made of marbles and other stones that were either excavated from local quarries or salvaged from antique ruins close to the carvers' workshops—some of these still retain their Latin inscriptions. Other works are of wood, and the Metropolitan Museum and The Cloisters also include in their collections such rarities as a delicate fourteenth-century Tuscan terracotta figure (perhaps a model for a work by a Sienese goldsmith) and a monumental polychrome textile Virgin and Child from the same time period, probably from Umbria.

Table of Contents:
Director's Foreword
Acknowledgements
A Brief History of the Collection
Map
Catalogue
Pre-Romanesque
Romanesque
Gothic
In Medieval Style
Reproductions
Bibliography
Index
Photograph Credits

Size: 9 1/4" x 12 3/8"

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