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Re-thinking Renaissance Objects: Design, Function and Meaning

Re-thinking Renaissance Objects: Design, Function and Meaning

Peta Motture (Editor), Michelle O'Malley (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-39676-8

Sep 2011, Wiley-Blackwell

232 pages



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
Notes on contributors ix

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