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The Biography of the Object in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy

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The Biography of the Object in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy

Roberta J. M. Olson (Editor), Patricia L. Reilly (Editor), Rupert Shepherd (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-13955-7 June 2006 Wiley-Blackwell 156 Pages

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Material culture is not static: objects are created, used and re-used, sometimes for centuries, and their lives interact with those of the people who made and used them. The essays in this book discuss the ‘social lives’ of objects in late-medieval and renaissance Italy, ranging from maiolica, through sculpture and prostitutes’ jewellery, to miraculous painted images.
  • Demonstrates the continued life of these objects well past the deaths of their creators and patrons.
  • Contains a series of original contributions by young scholars, representing a broad range of approaches.
Note from the Series Editor.

Preface.

Introduction: Toothpicks and Green Hangings: Nicholas Penny.

Part I: The Creation of the Object: Patricia L. Reilly.

What You See Is What You Get: Colour In Italian Renaissance Istoriato Ware: Steve Wharton.

‘Sculpsit Cellinius Neptunam’: The Biography of the Neptune Fountain in Cellini’s Vita: Victoria C. Gardner Coates.

Part II: The Life of the Object: Rupert Shepherd.

Banquet Plate and Renaissance Culture: A Day in the Life: Valerie Taylor.

For Use and Display: Selected Furnishings and Domestic Goods in Fifteenth-Century Florentine Interiors: James R. Lindow.

Fragments from the ‘Life Histories’ of Jewellery belonging to Prostitutes inEarly-Modern Rome: Tessa Storey.

Part III: The After-Life of the Object: Roberta J. M. Olson.

The Icon of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome: An Image and its Afterlife: Kirstin Noreen.

One Pontile, Two Pontili: The Choir Screens of Modena Cathedral: Dawn Cunningham.

The Afterlife of an Early Medieval Chapel: Giovanni Battista Ricci and Perceptions of the Christian Past in Post-Tridentine Rome: Ann Van Dijk.

The Scrittoio Della Calliope in the Palazzo Vecchio: A Tuscan Museum: Andrea M. Gáldy.

Index.

“All in all, this is a useful, at times thought-provoking, and never less than informative collection of essays.” (Sixteenth Century Journal, Winter 2008)

  • An investigation of the way objects are created, used and re-used in the context of Italian Renaissance art.
  • Discusses a variety of objects, from glassware, through sculpture and prostitutes’ jewellery, to miraculous painted images.
  • Demonstrates the continued life of these objects well past the deaths of their creators and patrons.
  • Contains a series of original contributions by young scholars, representing a broad range of approaches.