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08 July 2019PUNISHING STATUES; THE FATE OF POPULAR SCULPTURE IN REVOLUTIONS
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PUNISHING STATUES; THE FATE OF POPULAR SCULPTURE IN REVOLUTIONS Tom Flynn Monday 08 July 2019

Why are statues of public figures punished for the crimes committed by the figures they represent during revolutions and civil uprisings? Statues of famous people should resemble their subject in order to facilitate recognition. Yet, the likeness must not be so accurate that the statue could be mistaken for its subject. Curiously, it is this very likeness that engenders public rage in moments of political upheaval or revolution. 


A UK-based art historian, writer and art consultant, Tom Flynn holds a BA Honours degree (First Class) in Art History from the University of Sussex, a Masters in Design History from the Royal College of Art and a doctorate from the University of Sussex. His interests include contemporary art; sculpture history; museology and the history of museums; art crime; issues in cultural heritage; and the historical development and professional practice of the European art markets. He lectures at a number of UK universities and has published widely.