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ANCIENT TERRACOTTAS FROM SOUTH ITALY AND SICILY IN THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2016. Distributed by University of Chicago Press. 252 pp. with 122 ills. (104 col.). 28 x 22 cm. LC 2015-42795 ISBN 9781606064863 In English.
Publisher's description: In the ancient world, terracotta sculpture was ubiquitous. Readily available and economical -- unlike stone suitable for carving -- clay allowed artisans to craft figures of remarkable variety and expressiveness. Terracottas from South Italy and Sicily attest to the prolific coroplastic workshops that supplied sacred and decorative images for sanctuaries, settlements, and cemeteries. Sixty terracottas are investigated here by noted scholar Maria Lucia Ferruzza, comprising a selection of significant types from the Getty's larger collection -- life-size sculptures, statuettes, heads and busts, altars, and decorative appliques. In addition to the comprehensive catalogue entries, the publication includes a guide to the full collection of over one thousand other figurines and molds from the region by Getty curator of antiquities Claire L. Lyons. Reflecting the Getty's commitment to open content, Ancient Terracottas from South Italy and Sicily in the J. Paul Getty Museum is available online at www.getty.edu/publications/terracottas and may be downloaded free of charge in multiple formats. For readers who wish to have a bound reference copy, this paperback edition has been made available for sale.
Indexing: Western, Ancient Mediterranean — Italy — Ceramics, Sculpture
Plans: 73,75,68
Worldwide Number: 082791
Paperbound $60.00    

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