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FIGURAL SCULPTURE IN ELEVENTH-CENTURY DALMATIA AND CROATIA: PATRONAGE, ARCHITECTURAL CONTEXT, HISTORY. Magdalena Skoblar. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, 2016. An Ashgate Book. 248 pp. with 59 ills. ISBN 9781472466037 In English.
Due date: September 2016. Publisher's description: This is the first full-length, English-language study of eleventh-century figural sculpture produced in Dalmatia and Croatia. Challenging the dependency on stylistic analysis in previous scholarship, Magdalena Skoblar contextualises the visual presence of these relief carvings in their local communities, focusing on five critical sites. Alongside an examination of architectural setting and iconography, this book also investigates archaeological and textual evidence to establish the historical situation within which these sculptures were produced and received. Croatia and Dalmatia in the eleventh century was a borderland between Byzantium and the Latin West where the balance of power was constantly changing. These sculptures speak of the fragmented and hybrid nature of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean as a whole, where well-connected trade routes and porous boundaries informed artistic production. Moreover, in contrast to elsewhere in Europe where contemporary figural sculpture was spurred on by monastic communities, this book argues that the patronage of such art works in Dalmatia and Croatia was driven by members of the local secular elites.
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Worldwide Number: 172207
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