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Italian Memorial Sculpture 1820-1940: A Legacy of Love Hardcover – October 1, 2004

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Sumptuously photographed ... this book gives important reconsideration to the Italian funerary monument as a major contribution to our visual cultural heritage Nineteenth Century Art World All in all, the book presents a wonderfully packaged introduction to its subject, and is a particularly pertinent volume given the increasing interest in funerary art in Europe Mortality

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Sandra Berresford was educated at the Courtauld Institute and now teaches in Italy. She specialises in 19th- and 20th-century Italian art and has published on Leonardo Bistolfi, Ettore Ferrari and the Italian background to Medardo Rosso. Robert Freidus is a graduate of the Wharton School. He ran a gallery in New York's Soho, specialising in sculpture and photography and is now working on a collection of English New Sculpture. Robert W. Fichter is Professor of Art at Florida State University. His photography has appeared in numerous exhibitions and books. Francesca Bregoli received her PhD in History at the University of Pennsylvania, with a dissertation entitled 'Mediterranean Enlightenment: Jewish Acculturation in Livorno, 1737-1790' (2007). She received a Laurea in Oriental Languages from the University of Venice, Italy (1998) and a Masters in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (2001). Her research interests include early modern cultural history, Jewish-Christian relations, and the history of the book. She published the Italian annotated translation of the Sefer ma'aseh be-reshit by El'azar from Worms (2002) and several articles. Fred Licht was formerly professor of the History of Art at Florida State University. A distinguished writer with many books and articles to his credit, Professor Emeritus James Stevens Curl has made considerable contributions to an understanding of the Victorian era with such works as Piety Proclaimed: An Introduction to Places of Worship in Victorian England and The Victorian Celebration of Death. He has acquired an enviable international reputation for thoroughness of research, impeccable scholarship, and lucidity of style, and has not been afraid to venture into paths unfrequented by those of a more timid disposition. Starting in the early 1960s, he was one of the first serious researchers into the history of the 19th-century cemetery, and in 2000-01 edited Kensal Green Cemetery: The Origins & Development of the General Cemetery of All Souls, Kensal Green, London, 1824-2001, the most comprehensive monograph of any British cemetery. Now in his eighth decade, his acerbic wit, intellectual curiosity, robust views and fluency of expression remain undiminished.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071122384X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711223844
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1.1 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,348,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Delmas on March 15, 2007
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Originally bought just for the pictures it might contain. The pictures of monuments throughout Italy were spectacular, and the commentary was fascinating. Altogether a beautiful book that anyone interested in funerary sculpture must own.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Glenn T on July 11, 2010
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For sculptors like me who love and are inspired by good 19th century figurative works, this is a great addition to your reference library. Like the author, I have been a big fan of Leonardo Bistolfi for many years, even though he is unfortunately rather unknown in America today. The excellent photography throughout the book provides new and useful views of his works that I have in other books. But Bistolfi is only one of a large number of sculptors whose works are covered here. The book is arrranged thematically, which is a handy format for my purposes as a reference. What is great about the photography are the many closeups that provide views not seen in other books, in addition to so many that were unknown to me. And there are lots of photos, much more than I had expected, the vast majority in color. Just the thing for a visual person!

What I have read thus far of the text is both very readable and scholarly, a combination not always found in art books. The focus is both broad and detailed, so I will be learning quite a bit despite my already vast storehouse of knowledge. :) The issues dealt with are not dry and pedantic, so I'm looking forward to being able to read it cover to cover in my spare time, assuming that I find some.(Except perhaps for the vast body of footnotes,indexes, references, and supplementary information that shows a very dedicated, in fact passionate approach to compiling this book.

I am very pleased with this purchase, which I highly recommend it to my fellow figurative sculptors, as well as anyone interested in learning a lot about this topic.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul D. Harvill on June 7, 2008
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Fred S. Licht and Robert W. Fichter -- both inspired me in the field of cemetery art beginning in Florence, Italy.

Professor Licht was the first director of the Florida State University Florence Study Center and remained the director for over a decade. The program began in 1966 -- the year of The Flood. FSU students volunteered to assist the devastated city.

Professor Licht is one of the very best professors I've ever had the pleasure to learn from.
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