ARTH 265/4-A - Apects of the History of Sculpture: Public Sculpture
INSTRUCTOR: ANITA GRANTS
Whether Michelangelo's sculpture of David in Florence, the equestrian statue of Joan of Arc by François Trazzi in Paris, or William Brodie's memorial to Bobby the dog in Edinburgh, each was created not for private viewing but with the general public in mind. Public sculpture is more than the mere representation of or tribute to an historical figure. It can be a political policy statement and a way of legitimizing authority, but also used to dictate public preferences and taste, and/or a manipulative work created to elicit an emotional response for social or commercial reasons. Beginning in the fifteenth century, this course will examine various types of public sculpture and the motivation behind their commissions.