Alabaster Sculpture in Europe (1300-1650)
Marjan Debaene (ed)
- Pages: 312 p.
- Size:240 x 280 mm
- Illustrations:360 col.
- Publication Year:2022
- € 100,00 EXCL. VAT RETAIL PRICE
- ISBN: 978-1-912554-92-8
The popularity of alabaster is illustrated by the many masterpieces preserved and on permanent display in major museums such as the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the British Museum and the V&A in London, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Staatliche Kunstsammelungen in Berlin.
Marjan Debaene is Head of Collections at Museum M in Leuven.
Alabaster was a popular material in European sculpture, especially from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century. Its relative availability and easy to sculpt characteristic made it a highly suitable material for both large monuments and small objects, for mass production and individual works, from England to Spain and France to the Netherlands, Germany and Poland. This material has been the subject of multidisciplinary research in various European countries for several decades. The research combines material analyses with historical and art-historical approaches. This publication, made for the occasion of the large exhibition on the theme at M Leuven opening on October 14th, brings together all renown specialists on the material and sheds light on the many facets of alabaster, such as its physical and chemical properties as well as its translucency, its whiteness, its softness, and its beautiful sheen, all of which made it a popular material used in different types of sculpture from the middle ages to the baroque, all throughout Europe, ranging from bespoke tombs, funerary monuments and commissioned sculptures and altarpieces to commercially interesting formulas such as English or Mechelen alabaster reliefs.
Foreword M Leuven
Foreword Musée du Louvre
Laurence des Cars
Marjan Debaene and Sophie Jugie
1 Alabaster as a Material for Sculpture
Rhetoric of Alabaster: The Material between its Affordances and Cultural Meaning
How to Distinguish Alabaster from Alabaster: Tracing the Material Back from the Artwork to the Quarry
‘Marbre d’alabastre’: Status of the Interdisciplinary Research Project on Marble and Alabaster
Jude De Roy, Laurent Fontaine and Géraldine Patigny
Catalogue nos. 1–21
2 Funerary Sculpture
Alabaster as a Material for Funerary Monuments
Catalogue nos. 22–41
3 Alabaster Altarpieces
Marjan Debaene and Michaela Zöschg
The Rimini Altarpiece and Alabaster Sculpture in the Southern Netherlands, around 1430
English Alabaster and the Continent
Lloyd de Beer
Alabaster Altarpieces in the Iberian Peninsula: From Gothic to Baroque
Carmen Morte García
Catalogue nos. 42–99
4 Sacred and Secular
Michaela Zöschg and Marjan Debaene
The Head of St John the Baptist in Alabaster: The Object in Context
Catalogue nos. 100–126
Epilogue: Alabaster Mentalis, Trinitas Terrestris
Catalogue nos. 127–128
Lenders to the Exhibition