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Sculpting Abroad
Nationality and Mobility of Sculptors in the Nineteenth Century

M. Sterckx, T. Verschaffel (eds.)
approx. 280 p., 110 b/w ill. + 12 colour ill., 10 b/w tables, 216 x 280 mm
ISBN: 978-2-503-58027-2
Languages: English
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An edited volume reflecting upon the transnational mobility of sculptors and its implications for the artists and their art during the long nineteenth century.
Sculpting abroad analyses and reflects upon the international mobility of sculptors and their work in the nineteenth century. The creation of nation-states then coincided with an increasing international focus by artists, their commissioners, sellers, buyers and critics. Sculptors were encouraged to study abroad, and recognized for their experience and success abroad. As they were very much dependent on commissions, they had to travel to provide for their revenues. At the same time they were expected to represent the nation, and showcase their ‘national school’ with its specific characteristics. This volume reflects upon the theoretical and practical implications of the many aspects of transnationality, travel and (cultural) mobility on nineteenth-century sculptors, their work and their careers, by addressing the role of, among others, education, execution, commissions, exhibitions, art criticism and the art market. The main focus is on French, Belgian, Italian, British and American sculptors and their works, and well-known as well as lesser known sculptors, throughout general articles as well as specific case studies.

Tom Verschaffel is professor in cultural history at KU Leuven. His research concerns the intellectual and cultural history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and more specifically the history of historical writing, the popular representation of history and cultural nationalism, the history of cultural infrastructure and of cultural transfers.

Art historian Marjan Sterckx is associate professor in Art History at Ghent University, where she recently launched the research group ThIS: The Inside Story: Art, Interior design & architecture 1750-1950. Her research concerns the intersections between sculpture, gender, photography and the interior.
Interest Classification:
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Art History (general)
19-21 C art history

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