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Santa Fina

Pietro Torrigiani, a competitor of Michelangelo, carved this bust of a saint out of marble and then painted it so that blood seems to run in this determined young girl's veins. This lively piece, made over five hundred years ago, is an example of the kind of naturalistic sculptures that have been little studied, as most scholars focus on monochrome "high art" statuary. The sculptures I am studying were not confined to museums, but were a part of the social lives of Italian men and women, who talked to, touched, kissed, worshipped, attacked, and dressed sometimes uncannily realistic coloured sculptures.
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Arts and Science
Santa Fina
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Faculty of Arts and Science
Department of Art History and Art Conservation
Mobilizing Creativity and Enabling Cultures
Creative Production and Expression
Society, Culture and Human Behaviour
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Musei Civici, San Gimignano, Italy
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Una D’Elia
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Faculty, Art History and Art Conservation