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Harvey Miller
L. Palozzi
Commentators on Medieval Italian Sculpture (14th-19th c.)
Difficult to Make, Hard to Talk About

approx. 300 p., 150 b/w ill., 220 x 280 mm
ISBN: 978-1-909400-40-5
Languages: English, Italian, Latin
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The beauty and 'difficulty' of medieval Italian sculpture, seen through the eyes of its early commentators.
There is a widespread belief in art historical studies that sculpture is a much more ‘difficult’ form of art than painting – difficult to make, but also hard to come to terms with, that is, hard to observe and to describe, talk and write about. As a matter of fact, both scholars and the general public have traditionally accorded their preferences to painters, not sculptors. But why is that? This book brings back to light an initial moment in the difficulty and resulting critical misfortune of sculpture in art historical writing by focusing on the early historiography of medieval Italian sculpture, from fourteenth-century writings to Leopoldo Cicognara’s Storia della scultura in Italia [History of Sculpture in Italy, 1812-1818], the first of its kind ever published. The difficulties, achievements, predilections, idiosyncrasies and methodological approach of each generation of commentators are analysed here with a fresh eye, with a particular focus on those aspects of this heritage that modern scholars have overlooked or hastily dismissed as outdated.
Dr Luca Palozzi is a prospective British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2018) at the University of Edinburgh. His current research investigates the multilayered and multidimensional intersections between written words and sculpted images in Medieval and Early-Modern Italy.  After receiving his Ph.D. in Art History in 2012 from the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Dr Palozzi was awarded a Henry Moore Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh (2012-2014), of which this book is the main output.
Interest Classification:
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Art History (general)
Medieval art history

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