1st Edition

Sculpture Workshops as Space and Concept Creating the Portrait

Edited By Jane Fejfer, Kristine Bøggild Johannsen Copyright 2022
    190 Pages 24 Color & 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    190 Pages 24 Color & 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the multifaceted aspects of sculptor’s workshops from the Renaissance to the early nineteenth century.

    Contributors take a fresh look at the sculptor’s workshop as both a physical and discursive space. By studying some of the most prominent artists’ sculptural practices, the workshop appears as a multifaced, sociable and practical space. The book creates a narrative in which the sculptural workshop appears as a working laboratory where new measuring techniques, new materials and new instruments were tested and became part of the lived experience of the artist and central to the works coming into being. Artists covered include Donatello, Roubilliac, Thorvaldsen, Canova, and Christian Daniel Rauch.

    The book will be of interest to scholars studying art history, sculpture, artist workshops, and European studies.

    1. Introduction

    Jane Fejfer and Kristine Bøggild Johannsen

    2. The Absent Center: Donatello in the Workshop

    Daniel Zolli

    3. Ambiguous Narratives of Making. Some Questions about the Workshop Practices of Eighteenth-Century British Sculptors

    Malcolm Baker

    4. More than Gossip and less than Monuments. Forms of Ambition in the 1790s and early 1800s Roman Bust Head

    Tomas Macotay

    5. Master and Servant. Canova’s Workshop and the Formation of Sculptural Autonomy

    Johannes Myssok

    6. Likeness, Ideality, and Equality. On Thorvaldsen’s Portrait Busts and His Workshop Practice

    Kira Kofoed

    7. The Final Touch. On Thorvaldsen’s Marble Surfaces

    Amalie Skovmøller

    8. Female Patronages: The Unstable Beginnings of Christian Daniel Rauch as a Portrait Sculptor in Berlin, Rome and Carrara

    Astrid Fendt


    Jane Fejfer is Associate Professor at The Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen.

    Kristine Bøggild Johannsen is Curator at the Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen.