Christian, Kathleen Wren and Drogin, David J. eds.
Patronage and Italian Renaissance Sculpture.
The book is a collection of nine essays which, as the introduction co-authored with David Drogin details, together provide the first critical assessment of the patronage of Italian Renaissance sculpture. It takes into account the particularities of the medium that make sculptural patronage different from that of painting, especially ithe expense and durability of sculpture that made it suitable for display in public view. The book traces the remarkable appropriation of the patronage of sculpture by private citizens, who adapted its long-lived associations with civic and ecclesiastical bodies as they became increasingly bold in commissioning expensive works that encroached upon pubic space. Our introduction to the book discusses these issues while it takes a critical stance towards current literature, calling for the more subtle analysis of agency in patronage studies generally.
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