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Sculpture - From Antiquity to the Present Day [Hardcover]

Georges Duby , Jean-Luc Daval
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15 May 2002
This publication takes a new look at how works of sculpture were created, the circumstances of their discovery, and the historical and political background. Ranging from works of antiquity through the middle ages and the renaissance, to the present day, this volume with over 1,000 illustrations offers a fascinating overview of how sculpture has developed and responded to different influences throughout the centuries. It clearly explains how this art form has evolved to reflect the intellectual and spiritual attitudes of its times, as well as producing great masterpieces whose fascination is timeless. Featuring work of; Donatello, Michelangelo, Cellini, Primaticcio, Bernini, Picasso, Brancusi, Giacometti, Calder, Moore, Beuys, Koons, Hirst and Whiteread as well as nameless works from antiquity and the middle ages.

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  • Hardcover: 1151 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (15 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822816620
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822816622
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 20.5 x 5.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,669,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Contributing authors: Xavier Barral i Altet, Genevieve Bresc-Bautier, Philippe Bruneau, Bernard Ceysson, Jean-Luc Daval, Georges Duby, Maurizio Fagiolo dell'Arco, Sophie Guillot de Suduiraut, Reinhold Hohl, Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, Friedrich Meschede, Anne Pingeot, Barbara Rose, Francois Souchal, and Mario Torelli. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 21 Aug 2002
By A Customer
This is a fantastic compendium of sculpture and a must have for anyone interested in the history of sculpture. It is crammed with wonderful photographs and is split up into the different periods of history, making it a great reference book. My one and only complaint is that there is no general index, though each section has it's own contents list. However if you are as enthusiastic about sculpture as myself you will not find this much of a problem. Enjoy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good art albums 4 Jan 2011
By Bice
Lately, as my interest in art grew, it was to sculpture that I've to dedicate some of my time. Taschen brings 2 very nice art albums (a total of 1152 pages, within a hardcover box) with very good quality photos, useful information either for educational purposes or just art lovers; also very attractive price. This is guaranteed to keep you busy for some time because the subject is covered in detail structured in different categories, it may be too much to read it for cover to cover; best to be used as an reference book for sculptures you came across in museums, as well as what to see when taking a trip to a major historical city. One thing that can bring some problems when finding works for an exact artist, is that there are not grouped in artist categories but in different themes, scattered across the whole content of the books. Being from Romania I was very impressed to see that Taschen provides very accurate information: as for example Brancusi, which is a romanian artist and one of the best in modern sculpture, have some of his works in his native town of Targu Jiu (far from being one of the largest cities in Romania) - either way the editor puts them in the right place (even writes the correct name) and presents photos taken in this very location. If you love art in general, you have my recommendation for this albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good books 9 Jan 2013
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Bought this as a present for my hubby for Christmas
He was delighted with them. They are very informative with fantastic illustrations
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 6 Jan 2013
By Amanda
This is a beautiful set. I would not hesitate in recommending it to anyone. Buy it and you won't be disappointed! Amazing amazon service as usual too.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magnum Opus! 26 Mar 2004
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
SCULPTURE FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT DAY is a huge and beautiful book published originally in four volumes, but here those volumes are compounded into one heavy but articulate book. The writing is varied yet for the most part not only informed but readable and the number of illustrations is overwhelming. Both in black and white and in color, they are sharp and color-corrected and accompany the writing with specificity.
The book is divided as follows: Part 1 - THE GREAT ART OF ANTIQUITY From the Eighth Century BC to the Fifth Century AD; Part 2 THE GREAT ART OF THE MIDDLE AGES From the Fifth Century to the Fifteenth Century; Part 3 THE GREAT TRADITION OF SCULPTURE From the Fifteenth Century to the Eighteenth Century; Part 4 THE ADVENTURE OF MODERN SCULPTURE In the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Each period is examined with scholarly precision but at the same time the essayists are allowed subjective response, a factor that makes the reading more enjoyable.
For the artist and art lover who are looking for a fine reference book on Sculpture through the ages, this is a very fine work - and very affordable. One minor complaint: though Picture Credits are listed, there is no Index for the works in the book. If you are looking for a particular work to review you must know the era in which it was created and then work your way through that section until you happen on it. Were it not for this frustrating omission, this would definitely be a 5 star recommendation.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sculpture: From the Renaissance to the Present Day (Taschen) 4 Feb 2011
By BlogOnBooks - Published on Amazon.com
If you wanna be in for a shock, go to Amazon and search the word 'sculpture' under books. You will no doubt be surprised at the rather paltry selection of titles covering an art form that goes all the way back to primitive times. We were, which increased our appreciation of the newly reissued two-volume, 25th Anniversary edition boxed set from Taschen, "Sculpture: From the Renaissance to the Present Day."

Lead editors Georges Duby and Jean-Luc Daval, have assembled perhaps the most complete compendium of the entire history of the art, from antiquity to the radical outdoor structures of the modern art era and every significant movement in between.

Volume One presents the history of sculpture, primarily from the major movements of the Greeks, the Etruscans and the Roman world. An exceedingly thorough discussion covers hundreds of examples from each period encompassing small figures, large statues, architectural sculpture and both indoor and outdoor reliefs. The superb collections of museums from Italy to the acropolis are covered in fine detail as are the origins of movements that changed the history of the art in significantly definable ways.

Volume Two is the chronologically based book featuring the well defined eras of the Renaissance to Baroque to the Rococo period. The eras are filled with robust depictions and descriptions of figures ranging from the mythological (Lombardo) to the religious (Della Robbia, Bernini, etc.) to subsets like political figures (Napoleon to Kaiser Wilhelm) the allegories of water (Paris' famous Fountain de Trevi), busts, architectural facades and more. There is even coverage of more modern, post-war abstractions, assemblages and constructions - ranging from the cubism of Picasso to the mobiles of Alexander Calder; the outsized work of Claes Oldenberg to the rigid boxes of Donald Judd; the expansiveness of Christo to the high concept insanity of Jeff Koons.

In all, these two volumes represent the most expansive and detailed presentation of sculpture in modern book form. For the student, the casual or even the more serious observer, there is much to ponder for everyone.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal 15 Mar 2008
By CB - Published on Amazon.com
I greatly enjoy classical and Renaissance sculpture, and I picked this set of books up on a whim - they are two handsome, thick, and heavy paperback volumes collected in a sturdy slipcase - and have been wildly impressed. This was a very inexpensive set of books, and I would normally expect to pay upwards of $75 or so for such a set as this, but it is beautifully produced, covering, over the two volumes, sculpture from the early classical period (read: ancient Greece) through the modern day. There is copious text, but the most important and impressive part of this book is its fantastic photographs, often in full color, of the works under description. I've never seen such a beautiful, complex and comprehensive array of sculpture collected in one book (or set of books) before. For anyone who appreciates good art, sculpture, or just enjoys a great and entertaining book to page through, this is certainly the set for them. You can't beat this price, and you certainly can't beat this quality. Don't miss this opportunity.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sculpture: From Antiquity to the Present Day. 4 Oct 2013
By Guillermo Elias - Published on Amazon.com
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Good books. Good text. The paper is very thin. I would like more photographs in color and less in black and white.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Coffee Table Book 4 Sep 2013
By Markus - Published on Amazon.com
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If you enjoy the Art of Sculpture, Old World Aesthetics, you will surely enjoy this book. Fantastic photos that will truly be appreciated. A perfect book for the Coffee Table!
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