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POLYCHROME SCULPTURE: MEANING, FORM, CONSERVATION. Updated and expanded translation of Farbige Skulpturen: Bedeutung, Fassung, Restaurierung (Verlag Georg D.W. Callwey, Munich, 1978 and 1984). Johannes Taubert. Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by the University of Chicago Press. 248 pp. with 269 ills. (154 col.). 27 x 22 cm. LC 2014-47788 ISBN 9781606064337 In English.
Publisher's description: In the decades since its initial publication in German in 1978, Polychrome Sculpture has come to be widely regarded as a watershed text on the making and meaning of European medieval and Baroque painted wood sculpture. An early proponent of interdisciplinary research, Johannes Taubert played a pioneering role in combining the rigorous scientific analysis of materials with a fuller understanding of form and function, an approach that has led to the development of technical art history as practiced today. Many of the essays in this volume apply such scientific techniques as microscopic analysis to an art-historical understanding of Romanesque and late Gothic wood sculpture, revealing that, far from serving a merely decorative function, the painted surface of these works was intricately connected to their meaning. The paint layers on the sculptures, for example, which the author spent years documenting through close examination and analysis, were intended to impart a heightened sense of reality to the life-sized sculptures, thereby enhancing the viewer's experience of worship. Taubert believed it was crucial for conservators to understand this context before undertaking any treatments. No other book offers such a focused, subtle, and interdisciplinary examination of the subject as Polychrome Sculpture.
Indexing: Western, Europe — 1400-1600, 1600-1800 — Sculpture — Conservation/Restoration
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 165127
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