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'... con uno inbasamento et ornamento alto': The rhetoric of the pedestal c. 1430-1550

Wright, A; (2011) '... con uno inbasamento et ornamento alto': The rhetoric of the pedestal c. 1430-1550. Art History , 34 (1) pp. 8-53. 10.1111/j.1467-8365.2010.00798.x. Green open access

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Abstract

This essay analyses the function, developing vocabularies, and prominence of Renaissance pedestals in order to gauge how they signified in overlapping civic, religious, and social contexts. Using surviving documentary, literary and, above all, visual evidence it addresses the physical and conceptual situation of sculpture with particular attention to the rhetorical developments associated with placing bronzes on pedestals. Addressing issues of terminology and scope, the essay begins with the installation of the colossal marble David by Michelangelo, and goes on to discuss more generally the transforming power of the pedestal in this period before undertaking a series of case studies arranged chronologically. Though it pays attention to well-known cases such as Donatello's Medici bronzes and Benvenuto Cellini's Perseus it also ranges more widely to study less familiar works such as the early sixteenth-century bronze pedestal designed for the ancient 'Idolino'.

Type: Article
Title: '... con uno inbasamento et ornamento alto': The rhetoric of the pedestal c. 1430-1550
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8365.2010.00798.x
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8365.2010.00798.x
Language: English
Additional information: his is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Wright, A; (2011) '... con uno inbasamento et ornamento alto': The rhetoric of the pedestal c. 1430-1550. Art History, 34 (1) pp. 8-53, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8365.2010.00798.x. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-820227.html#terms).
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1399808
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