"True" versus "Colored" Sculpture: A Nineteenth-Century Debate about the Renaissance
Date: Saturday June 14, 2008, at 3 pm
Location: Auditorium, Getty Villa
Admission: Free. Reservation required
Color was used extensively in sculpture, from antiquity through the Renaissance. But the leading art historian of the 19th century, Jakob Burckhardt, despised color in sculpture and the excessive realism it created. "True" sculpture, he argued, was colorless. Bruce Boucher, curator of European sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago, explores this debate and further explains Burckhardt's antipathy towards polychromed sculpture.