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4 The Spread of Alabaster Sculpture from the Low Countries

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This chapter presents the reconstruction of alabaster sculpture mainly based on material from Central and Northern in the context of wider general knowledge about the way the art market operated in the Low Countries. The evolution towards universal types and themes is easy to trace using the example of Southern Netherlandish alabaster sculpture. Trade in luxury merchandise also spread to the stock exchange building and the port. The role played by merchants and bankers in the Netherlandish art trade is reflected in the operations of the Loitz family. Scandinavian merchants also mediated in such sales or exploited their trade contacts to buy alabasters in the Netherlands for their own foundations. Some scholars of Silesian Renaissance sculpture believed that alabaster imports arrived in the region before any Netherlandish artists, around 1540. Lieb suggested that these alabaster sculptures might have been Netherlandish works.

Keywords: Netherlandish artists; Scandinavian merchants; Silesian Renaissance sculpture; Southern Netherlandish alabaster sculpture



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