26 février 2010

"Modeling Devotion: Terracotta Sculpture of the Italian Renaissance" @ the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Matteo Civitali, "Virgin and Christ Child", ca. 1480. Painted terracotta, ht. 39 inches. BOSTON, MA.- In Italy during the Renaissance (around 1400 to 1600), an innovative form of sculpture was developed using fine clay that was shaped and modeled before being fired in a kiln. Called terracotta in Italian (meaning “baked earth”), this type of sculpture often has been overlooked by scholars in favor of the more commonly known Renaissance sculptures carved in marble or cast in bronze. "Modeling Devotion: Terracotta... [Lire la suite]