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Waxing Eloquent: Italian Portraits in Wax
Waxing Eloquent: Italian Portraits in Wax Quantity in Basket: None
Code: BK253
Price: $27.99
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Waxing Eloquent: Italian Portraits in Wax

This catalogue analyses a field of art history that only recently has been
given renewed attention with the translation in French (1997), English
(2008) and Italian (2011) of Julius von Schlosser's 'History of Portraiture in
Wax'. The exhibit and the catalogue will present all life-size figures in wax present in
Italy starting with the death masks in wax of the Venetian dogi (XVIII century), which were
used as funeral effigies. 'The Book of Miracles', a XVII century manuscript
illustrated in watercolours, documents the use of wax statues as ex-voto in
churches. The heads of saints (12 Franciscan saints from the church of the
Redentore in Venice) and criminals (8 manufactured in the late XIX century in Turin)
will constitute another section. But the main section is dedicated to portraiture in
wax and will see the presence of 7 busts and 2 full-size portraits of children, all
from the XVIII and XIX century.