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Much effort was devoted in the early modern period to defining the profession of sculptor and achieving its social recognition, and that effort is reflected more clearly in the German terminology (Bildhauer, literally “carver of images”) than in other European languages. To begin with, however, a distinction must be drawn between Italy and the rest of Europe, for the profession emerged at a far earlier date in the south and developed all the more rapidly, making Italian sculpture a frequent model for similar efforts in Germany or France.

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Myssok, Johannes, “Sculptor”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017634>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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