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Re-thinking Renaissance Objects: Design, Function and Meaning

Peta Motture (Editor), Michelle O'Malley (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3775-4
232 pages
October 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Inspired by research undertaken for the new Medieval & Renaissance Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Re-thinking Renaissance Objects explores and often challenges some of the key issues and current debates relating to Renaissance art and culture.
  • Puts forward original research, including evidence provided by an in-depth study arising from the Medieval & Renaissance Gallery project
  • Contributions are unusual in their combination of a variety of approaches, but with each paper starting with an examination of the objects themselves
  • New theories emerge from several papers, some of which challenge current thinking
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Notes on contributors ix

Introduction
Peta Motture and Michelle O’Malley 1

1 Finding fame: painting and the making of careers in Renaissance Italy
Michelle O’Malley 9

2 Set in stone: monumental altar frames in Renaissance Florence
  Meghan Callahan & Donal Cooper 33

3 Veit Stoss and the origins of collecting of small-scale sculpture before 1500
Norbert Jopek 56

4 New light on a Venetian lantern at the V&A
Nick Humphrey & Martino Ferrari Bravo 71

5 Rethinking the Petrucci Pavement
Elizabeth Miller & Alun Graves 94

6 Dancing, love and the ‘beautiful game’: a new interpretation of a group of fi fteenth-century ‘gaming’ boxes
Paula Nuttall 119

7 Sharing and status: the design and function of a sixteenth-century Spanish spice stand in the Victoria and Albert Museum
Kirstin Kennedy 142

8 Scattered knives and dismembered song: cutlery, music and the rituals of dining
Flora Dennis 156

Bibliography 185

Index 212

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Peta Motture is Senior Curator of Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and was previously Chief Curator of the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries.  She has published widely on medieval and later sculpture, specializing primarily in the Italian Renaissance. Motture has co-curated several exhibitions and is curator of the Robert H. Smith Renaissance Sculpture Programme at the V&A.

Dr Michelle O'Malley is Reader in Art History at the University of Sussex, where she has also held the position of Director of Research in the School of Humanities. Previously, she was Head of Education for Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Dr. O'Malley is the author of The Business of Art: Contracts and the Commissioning Process in Renaissance Italy (2005) and The Material Renaissance (co-edited with Evelyn Welch, 2007).

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