Malcolm Baker


The Marble Index: Roubiliac and Sculptural Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Malcolm Baker (Mellon Fellow, 2007-08)

Providing the first thorough study of sculptural portraiture in 18th-century Britain, this important book challenges both the idea that portrait necessarily implies painting and the assumption that Enlightenment thought is manifest chiefly in French art. By considering the bust and the statue as genres, Malcolm Baker, a leading sculpture scholar, addresses the question of how these seemingly traditional images developed into ambitious forms of representation within a culture in which many core concepts of modernity were being formed.