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Objects of Virtue (J. Paul Getty Museum Publications Series)

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You are what you own. So believed many of the elite men and women of Renaissance Italy. The notion that a person's belongings transmit something about their personal history, status, and "character" was renewed in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Objects of Virtue explores the multiple meanings and values of the objects with which families like the Medici, Este, and Gonzaga surrounded themselves. This lavishly illustrated volume examines the complicated relationships between the so-called "fine arts"--painting and sculpture--and artifacts of other kinds for which artistry might be as important as utility-furniture, jewelry, and vessels made of gold, silver, and bronze, precious and semi-precious stone, glass, and ceramic. The works discussed were designed and made by artists as famous as Andrea Mantegna, Raphael, and Michelangelo, as well as by lesser-known specialists--goldsmiths, gem-engravers, glassmakers, and maiolica painters.

Synopsis:

Explores the multiple meanings and values of the objects with which Renaissance Italian families like the Medici, Este, and Gonzaga surrounded themselves, and examines the complicated relationships between the so-called "fine arts" and artifacts of other kinds for which utility might be as important as artistry — such as furniture, jewelry, and vessels.

About the Author

Luke Syson is curator of metals at the British Museum. He is co-editor of The Image of the Individual: Portraits in the Renaissance and the co-author of Pisanello. Dora Thornton is curator of Renaissance collections in the Department of Medieval and Modern Europe in the British Museum, and the author of The Scholar in His Study: Ownership and Experience in Renaissance Italy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892366576
Author:
Syson, Luke
Author:
Thorton, Dora
Author:
null, Dora
Author:
Thornton, Dora
Author:
null, Luke
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
Los Angeles
Subject:
Collectors and collecting
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Europe - Italy
Subject:
European
Subject:
Renaissance
Subject:
Decorative arts
Subject:
Architecture | History | Renaissance
Subject:
Art and Architecture | History | Renaissance
Subject:
Art & Architecture | History | Renaissance
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum
Series Volume:
01-2047
Publication Date:
20020331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
215
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
10.63 x 8.50 in

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