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3 Serial Production of Alabaster Sculpture in Mechelen

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In the context of the outline of Netherlandish sculpture, the author takes a look at a centre that warrants separate treatment in view of its specialisation in alabaster working: Mechelen. There were three main factors at the heart of the phenomenon that was serial production of alabaster sculpture in Mechelen. From the 15th century onwards the particular specialisation of the Mechelen workshops were carved wooden altarpieces. In discussions on the repertoire of the Mechelen workshops the three main types of products made there are usually mentioned in a single breath: reliefs, huisaltaartjes, and statuettes. By this time serial production of small reliefs had taken off in the Mechelen workshops, for which there is documentary evidence into the second quarter of the 17th century. This overall path of development applies in full to the case of the Mechelen alabaster industry.

Keywords: alabaster sculpture; huisaltaartjes; Mechelen



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