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Does anyone know more information about the Spanish/Portuguese tradition of having painters and sculptors collaborate? Off the top of my head, I would guess that this practice may have come out of the medieval tradition of wooden sculpture, but I couldn't say for sure. So much medieval sculpture was created by anonymous artists; it's probably difficult (or perhaps impossible) to know if medieval painters and sculptors collaborated on three-dimensional work. Perhaps medieval artists were trained to both paint and sculpt, and there was no need for collaboration?
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