Two sets of polychrome terracotta high-reliefs, representing two Christian narrative cycles, are studied in depth. Authorship, original historical or artistic contexts, and technological aspects of their manufacture were unknown. In an attempt to find answers, research was undertaken to evaluate the relationship between the elements of each set, the production techniques, the similarities in polychromy, the materials and the finishing layers. The written historical records have been compiled to trace any clues capable of contextualising these artworks. The authors have also tried to find references to this type of production, and possible sources of inspiration, by comparing earlier artworks. The research approach combined a traditional humanistic framework with a scientific study of paint samples.
|Title of host publication||Polychrome Sculpture: Decorative Practice and Artistic Tradition|
|Subtitle of host publication||Proceedings of the ICOM-CC 3rd International Symposium of the Sculpture, Polychromy and Architectural Decorations-SPAD Working group|
|Editors||Stephanie Litjens, Kate Seymour|
|Number of pages||11|
|Volume||POLYCHROME SCULPTURE - Vol III|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Aug 2017|
- Cultural heritage, polychrome sculpture, high-reliefs, terracotta, metal coatings, composite materials, optical microscopy, SEM imaging.