Figures of inspiration: A history of an art form in all its possible manifestations Ranging from ancient to contemporary sculpture, this book is the first study of the history of sculpture to present such an original and comprehensive approach. Taking the sculptures out of the museum context (and thus off of their proverbial pedestals), this volume presents a completely new view which affords enlightening comparisons between eras and genres. This remarkable work is indispensable for art lovers of all tastes and disciplines.Contributing authors: Xavier Barral i Altet, Geneviève Bresc-Bautier, Philippe Bruneau, Bernard Ceysson, Jean-Luc Daval, Georges Duby, Maurizio Fagiolo dell’Arco, Sophie Guillot de Suduiraut, Reinhold Hohl, Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, Friedrich Meschede, Anne Pingeot, Barbara Rose, François Souchal, and Mario Torelli.
Auguste Rodin has been called the father of modern sculpture and on the centenary of his death this stunning book presents a fresh examination of his legacy. Exploring the full range of the work of French artist Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), this book also reveals the deep significance of Rodin’s oeuvre to the history of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, which holds one of the finest collections of Rodin sculpture in the United States. The publication contains examples from his early days as a struggling artist to his mature and most successful works, including The Age of Bronze (ca. 1875–1877), Saint John the Baptist Preaching (1878), The Burghers of Calais (1885–1886), and The Kiss (ca. 1884). The majority of the bronzes are lifetime casts by the sculptor, making this collection a rare and significant body of Rodin’s output. A related group of plaster models and fragments augment these major pieces, adding to the scope and breadth of this volume. Showcasing beautiful new photography of more than fifty of Rodin’s most iconic artworks alongside an illuminating essay, this book will delight and surprise readers with its novel insights into one of the greatest sculptors in art history.