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Sculpture, architectural
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1. Definition

The term “architectural sculpture” is not used consistently. Sometimes, it is used as a synonym for architectural “plastic arts,” to include all sculpted and molded works forming part of a building  (Sculpture [subtractive]Sculpture [modeling]). More usually, however, it does not imply all of them (which for the early modern period, as Quatremère de Quincy already pointed out in 1832, would include every carved block of stone [3]), but only the figural sculptures (usually in stone or s…

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Wiener, Jürgen, “Sculpture, architectural”, 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 05 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017394>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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