Coyoacán: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, 2022. First edition. Paperback. 254p., photos, tables, graphics, bibl., indices, wrps. New. Item #194376
As a result of the irreversible damage suffered by the equestrian statue of Carlos IV by Manuel Tolsa, better known as El Caballito, the Viceregal Sculpture Seminar of the Institute of Aesthetic Research of the UNAM decided to take the image and the controversy surrounding the El case in an emblematic way. Caballito to convene its IV international congress dedicated to the reflection and problem of interventions in sculptural images. The result is the works that make up this volume. Viceregal interventions and sculpture. History and interpretation brings together eleven articles that address different angles of the concept of sculptural intervention, from adorning, naming, cataloguing, using, studying to ignoring the works, metaphorical diversity present in New Spain sculpture. Thus, the published studies raise their reflections on the work of sculptural intervention carried out by restorers or artists, as well as by users of the works, devotees or art historians. The book goes beyond the phenomenon of intervention and attempts to trace the life of the object in particular and in its general and historical context, enriching the field of study with new data, themes and sources, in addition to reinterpretations of known sculptural materials.