Passive tranquility: the sculpture of Filippo Della Valle.
This is a monographic study of the eighteenth-century Italian sculptor. Born in Florence in 1698, della Valle came to Rome in 1725 upon the death of his uncle & master, Giovanni Saftista Foggini. There he remained until his death in 1768. the phrase "passive tranquillity" refers both to the style of Della Valle's sculpture & the ambiance of eighteenth-century Rome, &, further, serves to distinguish Della Valle from his better known precursors Gianlorenzo Bernini & Michelangelo. Theirs was a sculpture of the heroic & highly expressive. Della Valle's sculpture represents figures of an introverted, self-effacing, & serene type. In its demonstrations of the ways in which della Valle's art could have been formed by the institutions & broader cultural currents of eighteenth-century Rome, the text seeks to account for that sense of quiescence & composure common to the arts of settecento Rome. The catalogue raisonne brings together previously unpublished documents & photographs of della Valle's work & provides evidence for attributions & the circumstances of patronage.
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