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Title: Eighteenth-century sculpture and its interpretation
Author: Baker, M.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2003
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The publications submitted here comprise Figured in Marble, The Making and Viewing of Eighteen-century Sculpture, and my contribution to the main text of Roubiliac and the Eighteenth-century Monument. Sculpture as Theatre. Together Roubiliac and the Eighteenth-century Monument and Figured in marble, along with the related articles, draw on and to some degree re-work various genres of writing employed in studies of the history of sculpture. At the same time they also take account of the large literature about British art and, more particularly, the changing approaches apparent in studies of the past twenty years. My contribution to Roubiliac and the Eighteenth-century Monument (forming Part Part II, ‘Making the Monuments’) is concerned with the processes of designing and making the monuments that are discussed by David Bindman in Part I of the volume in terms of their typology and social and religious functions. The various types of evidence available for the procedures of commissioning, design and making followed by this one sculptor, Roubiliac, are considered here in relation to the practices adopted by other sculptors in England and abroad. But as well as situating Roubiliac’s practice in a wider context of sculptural activity, this text also very consciously departs from a simple descriptive account and throughout attempts to address the problem of how such workshop practices might be understood in terms of transactions between patron, sculptor and viewer as well as a register of the sculptor’s own self-presentation. These extensive entries provide very full accounts of individual monuments, in which both details - textural as well as material - about every surviving or documented model or drawing, and the descriptions of completed monuments and their construction, are prefaced with a lengthy narrative account of each commission, from its inception to its later afterlife. Whereas Roubiliac and the Eighteenth-century Monument is a monograph (albeit of an ambitious kind) about a single artist, Figured in Marble has a more discursive form and attempts to suggest various ways of approaching eighteenth-century sculpture.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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