Sculpture and Skin: Surface and Depth in Italian Gothic Sculpture

Research project key facts
Project title Sculpture and Skin: Surface and Depth in Italian Gothic Sculpture
School Humanities
Department History of Art
Dates 1 September 2013 - 1 September 2014
Funder Leverhulme Research Fellowship
Contact Dr Peter Dent

More about this project

The sculptural representation of Christ’s bodily surface changes dramatically during the course of the fourteenth century in Italy from a heavily wounded skin to an unblemished classical skin. Identifying the causes of this shift entails rethinking the history of late medieval Italian sculpture and the boundary between Gothic and Renaissance art. The representation of skin also raises significant methodological questions concerning interpretative strategies in general and how these might be brought to bear upon the relationship between surface and depth in sculpture. This project will address these larger questions through a focussed contextual study of a specific period.

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