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Cynthia Lawrence

(b Mechelen, March 18, 1661; dMechelen, c. 1720).

Flemish sculptor and architect. He was a pupil of Lucas Faydherbe, from whom he learnt the picturesque realism associated with Rubens’s workshop. He collaborated with the Mechelen sculptor Jan van der Steen in London before returning to Flanders and joining the Mechelen guild. Langhemans is best represented in Belgium by the works he executed for the church of St Rombout in Mechelen. The earliest is a naturalistic stone statue of St Libertus (1680) for the monument to Amati de Coriache; a dramatically gesticulating stone figure of St Mary Magdalene from the monument to Jan Baptiste and Bernard Alexander van der Zype (1701) exhibits similar tendencies. Conversely, the oak statue of the Virgin of Victory (1680), carved for the monastery of the Brothers of Charity at Kappelen, Antwerp, has a classicizing appearance, which became more pronounced in his work by c. 1700. In 1698–9 Langhemans collaborated with ...

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Italian, 15th – 16th century, male.

Born 1469, in Montelupo, near Florence; died c. 1535, in Lucca.

Sculptor, architect.

Florentine School.

The father of Raffaele da Montelupo, Baccio da Montelupo's early work is rooted in Quattrocento naturalism; later he became one of the most eminent representatives of the Renaissance, creating a new style of crucifix. His works are to be found in the churches of Arezzo, Bologna and Venice, and the Jacquemart-André Museum in Paris has a ...

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Evita Arapoglou and Tonia P. Giannoudaki

(b Tinos, 1834; d Athens, Nov 28, 1919).

Greek sculptor. While very young he assisted his architect father in the construction of the St Paul Monastery on Mt Athos, and he also collaborated with masons from Tinos on sculptural work in Constantinople (now Istanbul). In 1858 he began his studies in sculpture at the School of Fine Arts in Athens, first under Christian Heinrich Siegel (1808–83) and then under Georgios Fitalis, and continued them at the Accademia di S Luca in Rome (1864–9) with a scholarship from the Evangelistria Holy Foundation of Tinos. His Reaper (1870; Athens, Zappeion), which won first prize at the Academy of Rome, is an early example of a series of small decorative genre sculptures involving children. Often inspired by themes from everyday life, he was the first Greek sculptor who produced works with Realist tendencies. Man Breaking Wood (model 1871, marble 1900; Athens, Zappeion), for example, shows a dynamic architectural structure and almost exaggerated anatomical detail. His naturalistic statues and busts (e.g. ...

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Rococo  

Richard John and Ludwig Tavernier

A decorative style of the early to mid-18th century, primarily influencing the ornamental arts in Europe, especially in France, southern Germany and Austria. The character of its formal idiom is marked by asymmetry and naturalism, displaying in particular a fascination with shell-like and watery forms. Further information on the Rococo can be found in this dictionary within the survey articles on the relevant countries.

Richard John

The nature and limits of the Rococo have been the subject of controversy for over a century, and the debate shows little sign of resolution. As recently as 1966, entries in two major reference works, the Penguin Dictionary of Architecture and the Enciclopedia universale dell’arte (EWA), were in complete contradiction, one altogether denying its status as a style, the other claiming that it ‘is not a mere ornamental style, but a style capable of suffusing all spheres of art’. The term Rococo seems to have been first used in the closing years of the 18th century, although it was not acknowledged by the ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 1933, in Montbéliard.

Sculptor.

Antoine Zuber studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After Realist beginnings, Zuber evolved towards architectural Abstraction. He progressed from working in metal or in modern industrial materials, to signs, mobiles and floating sculptures. In ...