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Sensing Sculpture at the time of the French Revolution (No.51)


Published to accompany the exhibition Paper, Stone, Flesh and Blood: Transforming Views of Sculpture in French Revolutionary Prints, this edition of our Essays on Sculpture series explored the impact the French Revolution of 1978 had on art production at the time.

Exhibition curators Valerie Mainz and Richard Williams break their essay down into four sections: The animated statue, in which they examine the enduring legend of Pygmalion; Revolution and Regeneration, which looks at the many utopian projects conceived during the revolution, never to be realised; Being in the Revolutionary world, where the inherently political act of depicting and viewing sculpture is discussed; and in their final section focus on The allure of the Antique.

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