Montagu, The Aesthetics of Roman Eighteenth Century Sculpture
Few art historians would dispute that Jennifer Montagu is one of the most distinguished scholars of Italian (mostly Roman) Baroque sculpture. Besides her many articles and published lectures, her books include what is (and probably will remain for years to come) the most thorough study of a single sculptor, the monograph on Algardi and catalogue raisonné of his oeuvre (1985); the model edition of Le Brun’s influent ‘conférence’ on the expression of passions, with an extensive analysis of Le Brun’s ideas (1994), originally her PhD thesis; the Slade and Mellon lectures, respectively, Roman baroque sculpture: the industry of art (1989), and Gold, silver and bronze: metal sculpture of the Roman baroque (1995); a second book on Algardi for an exhibition in Rome curated by her, Algardi, l’altra faccia del barocco (1999); and Bronzes (1963), an irresistibly inviting introduction to a subject few people cared about at the time of its publication, small bronze sculptures, a topic which Jennifer Montagu would revisit often, with ever fresh, surprising, insights.
From the Eleventh Horst Gerson Lecture held in memory of Horst Gerson (1907-1978) in the aula of the University of Groningen on November 8, 2001.
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