The exaggeration and embellishment of natural forms has long been a characteristic in the decorative arts. This is particularly true of three-dimensional ornament – from Renaissance firedogs, to baroque picture frames and Art Nouveau furniture, nature is the basis of fantastic, grotesque, or dream-like images, sometimes with fetishistic and supernatural overtones. This conference aims to examine how meanings and perceptions of sculptural ornament have been explored and developed from the Renaissance to Art Nouveau. Papers are invited that draw on literary, visual and art historical sources, as well as sculpture and design history.
Please send proposals (500 words) preferably by email to Martina Droth. Deadline for receipt of proposals is 1 May 2003.
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