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The term statue (Latin and Italian statua, French statue, German Standbild) denotes a special type of monument: a three-dimensional representation of a person, usually of stone or bronze, in the form of a free-standing figure on a pedestal or in the architectural setting of a wall niche (Sculpture [modeling]). In the early modern period, figures from classical mythology and the Christian tradition as well as historical figures were considered suitable subjects. Usually the te…

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Erben, Dietrich, “Statue”, 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 03 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028166>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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