The Sculpture of the West

The Sculpture of the West

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... were developing. The fidelity to Nature in her grander outlines, which is characteristic of the Romanesque, disappears; the feeling for more natural attitudes, the effort to delineate the lines of the body beneath the light raiment gradually became less pronounced, and in their place are noticeable a weaker and more curved outline of figure, and thicker garments which, at times, hardly leave room for the enclosed form. Sculpture passed wholly into the service of an adopted architecture already fully developed, and consequently inclined to exaggeration of style, but not, as during the Romanesque period, to take its place as a sister art, on a footing of equality, but as a serviceable handmaid. There was, however, compensation in part for these defects in the more exact expression of the emotions, which was in marked contrast to the noticeable insipidity and lifelessness which so frequently characterized even the grandest works of the preceding period. Considered as a whole, we may say that German sculpture from the middle of the thirteenth to the later part of the fifteenth century did not stand on such a high level of excellence as during the earlier Middle Ages; this interval may rather be looked upon as preparatory to the second period of revival, which began in the fifteenth century and reached its culminating point during the early decades of the sixteenth century. The architecture of the time had made its way from France into the German provinces, and sculpture was similarly affectedby strong Western influence, particularly in those districts which lay nearest to the source, namely, those of the Rhineland. If during this period, for reasons already cited, sculpture, in spite of the great demand for it, was no longer so fine in...
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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236667107
  • 9781236667106