This book explores the ways in which statues have been experienced in public in different cultures and the role that has been played by statues in defining publicness itself.
The meaning of public statues is examined through discussion of their appearance and their spatial context, and of written discourses having to do with how they were experienced. Bringing together experts working on statues in different cultures, the book sheds light on similarities and differences in the role that public statues had in different times and places throughout history. The book will also provide insight into the diverse methods and approaches that scholars working on these different periods are using to investigate statues.
The book will appeal to historians, art historians and archaeologists of all periods who have an interest in the display of sculpture, the reception of public art or the significance of public monuments.
Table of Contents
1. Statues and Public Space – An Introduction –
Christopher P. Dickenson
2. How accessible were statues in Pharaonic Egypt?
3. Portrait Statues in the Athenian Agora in the Roman period: the archaeological evidence
4. Populating public Palmyra : Display of statues and their impact on the perception of public space in Roman Palmyra
5. The statue in Byzantium: Some questions and cases
6. Looking up in Judgement. How to see the Early Modern Statue through the Late Medieval Crucifix in Italy
7. When Venus Mocked the Pope: Ancient Sculptures in the possessi of Renaissance Rome
Kathleen W. Christian
8. Monumentalising Burghers of the Low Countries: Living Statues in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Joyous Entries
Stijn P.M. Bussels
9. Street monuments and the idea of national ‘improvement’ through tolerant coexistence in Post-Restoration Britain (1660-1770)
10. From Empires Past to Nation State: Figurative Public Statues in Istanbul
Faik Gür, Melis Taner, Deniz Türker
Christopher Dickenson is Assistant Professor at Aarhus University.