Book: Sculpture Victorious
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Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention, 1837-1901
Edited by Martina Droth, head of research at the Yale Center for British Art; Jason Edwards, professor of art history at the University of York; and Michael Hatt, professor of art history at the University of Warwick
(Yale University Press)
“Sculpture Victorious” highlights the diversity, originality, and ubiquity of sculptural production during the reign of Queen Victoria.
This illustrated book examines how colorful marbles, bronzes, finely wrought silver, and exquisitely detailed electrotypes, as well as gems, cameos, and porcelain, related to and contributed to the contemporary world. In an age of unprecedented territorial expansion, sculpture reflected the power of the British empire. At the same time, increased access to materials and resources facilitated artistic production and innovation. The partnership between art and industry was equally generative and creative, enabling daring explorations of sculpture’s possibilities, both political and aesthetic.