Wooden sculptures by the lay brother Cipriano da Cruz (1645/1650-1716): a study of the carving tool marks to determine autorship.

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Abstract

Among the wooden artworks the Benedictine lay brother Cipriano da Cruz (1645/1650-1716) produced between 1665 and 1716, 17 life-sized statues carved in the round and hollowed out on the back side are the subject of this paper. The way in which the statues were dressed, the shape and depth of the cavity managed in the reverse of the tree trunks, the type of tool marks left on the wood and the joint techniques used to reach the volume demanded by each sculpture were systematically studied to demonstrate until which point theses characteristics can help to determine authorship. The results, which are highly coherent and constitute a new data, should contribute towards the identification of missing statues and a more trustworthy attribution of other works likely conceived by scholars but materialised by Cipriano da Cruz, involved in the final result as “image maker”.
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Title of host publication1st International Symposium of the ICOM-CC Sculpture, Polychromy and Architectural Decorations-SPAD Working group
Pages49-59
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event«Polychrome Sculpture: Material Technical Research», Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg / Bonnefantummuseum, Maastricht (Holland) - 24-25 October 2010 -
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …

Conference

Conference«Polychrome Sculpture: Material Technical Research», Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg / Bonnefantummuseum, Maastricht (Holland) - 24-25 October 2010
Period1/01/10 → …

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Arinto, A. A. F. L. G. (2014). Wooden sculptures by the lay brother Cipriano da Cruz (1645/1650-1716): a study of the carving tool marks to determine autorship. In 1st International Symposium of the ICOM-CC Sculpture, Polychromy and Architectural Decorations-SPAD Working group (pp. 49-59)