Playing with Fire: European Terracotta Models, 1740–1840

Draper, James David, and Guilhem Scherf, with Magnus Olausson, Elena Karpova, Bernhard Maaz, Roberta J. M. Olson, and Burkard von Roda (2003)

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Playing with Fire: European Terracotta Models, 1740–1840

Approximately 135 terracottas, from quick preliminary sketches to completely finished models, demonstrate the dash and erudition of modelers across Europe during the Neoclassical age. The period saw unprecedented explorations of Greco-Roman antiquity, in which sculptors eagerly took part. Certain geniuses, bearers of such well-known names as Canova, Dannecker, Roland, and Sergel, are seen in considerable depth. The works are grouped thematically, emphasizing the typologies that preoccupied sculptors, such as self-portraiture, monuments to famous men, glimpses of arcadia, and the loves of the gods.