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Proporce hodné napodobování. Antinoos Belvederský a Johann Georg Schauberger

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Title in English Proportions Worthy of Emulation. Belvedere Antinous and Johann Georg Schauberger


Year of publication 2021
Type Chapter of a book
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Faculty of Arts

Description The study is devoted to the small-scale sculptural representation of the classical statue of Belvedere Antinous in the work of the leading Central European sculptor Johann Georg Schuberger (c. 1700–1744). The author explores the various ways of depicting this classical model and its changing role and significance in the art world of the early modern period, explaining the nature of its reception in Central European art from the 16th to the 18th century. The text compares authentic accounts of the artist’s training and practice with how his younger contemporaries later interpreted his prominence and role in Central European art history. The contemporary significance of Belvedere Antinous as a basis for artistic exercises and studies after antiquity, a model of perfect proportions, an embodiment of the early modern academic ideal and a symbol of the exalted status of artistic creation, is further interpreted by the author, not as a narrative of a historical set of particular mental events in the sculptor’s mind but rather as an analytical description of the relation of the image to its identifiable circumstances.
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