Synopses & Reviews
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.
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
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