Figural Sculpture in Eleventh-Century Dalmatia and Croatia: Patronage, Architectural Context, History, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Figural Sculpture in Eleventh-Century Dalmatia and Croatia

Patronage, Architectural Context, History, 1st Edition

By Magdalena Skoblar

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18 pages | 59 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781472466037
pub: 2016-10-27
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This is the first full-length, English-language study of eleventh-century figural sculpture produced in Dalmatia and Croatia. Challenging the dependency on stylistic analysis in previous scholarship, Magdalena Skoblar contextualises the visual presence of these relief carvings in their local communities, focusing on five critical sites. Alongside an examination of architectural setting and iconography, this book also investigates archaeological and textual evidence to establish the historical situation within which these sculptures were produced and received. Croatia and Dalmatia in the eleventh century were a borderland between Byzantium and the Latin west where the balance of power was constantly changing. These sculptures speak of the fragmented and hybrid nature of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean as a whole, where well-connected trade routes and porous boundaries informed artistic production. Moreover, in contrast to elsewhere in Europe where contemporary figural sculpture was spurred on by monastic communities, this book argues that the patronage of such artworks in Dalmatia and Croatia was driven by members of the local secular elites. For the first time, these sculptures are being introduced to Anglophone scholarship, and this book contributes to a fuller understanding of the profound changes in medieval attitudes towards sculpture after the year 1000.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Urban Oligarchs: Panels and Patronage in the Church of the Holy Dominica at Zadar

2. The Church of St Lawrence and the Platea Comunis at Zadar

3. Royal Patronage in the Church of St Mary at Biskupija

4. The Rule of Law: The Church of SS Peter and Moses at Solin

5. Regina and her Screen: The Church of St Michael on the Island of Koločep

Conclusion

About the Author

Magdalena Skoblar is a Research Associate of the University of York and a Research Fellow of the British School at Rome.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARC002000
ARCHITECTURE / Decoration & Ornament
ART000000
ART / General
ART015030
ART / European
ART015070
ART / History / Medieval
ART026000
ART / Sculpture & Installation
ART050010
ART / Subjects & Themes / Human Figure