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Exotic Animals In The Art And Culture Of The Medici Court In Florence

Author : Angelica Groom
ISBN : 9789004371132
Genre : Art
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An examination of the diverse roles exotic animals, both living species and depicted as motifs in art, played in the fashioning of the Medici’s courtly identity.

Art Of The Royal Court

Author : Wolfram Koeppe
ISBN : 9781588392886
Genre : Incrustation (Stone carving)
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"In the royal and princely courts of Europe, artworks made of multicolored semiprecious stones were passionately coveted objects. Known as pietre dure, or hardstones, this type of artistic expression includes?paintings in stone,? which were composed of intricately cut separate pieces that were made into magnificent tabetops, cabinets, and wall decorations. Other works included vessels and ornaments carved with virtuosic skill from a single piece of rare and brilliant lapis lazuli, chalcedony, jasper, or similarly prized substance; exquisite objects such as boxes, clocks, and jewelry; and portraits of nobles sculpted in variously colored stones. Derived from ancient Roman decorative stonework, the art of pietre dure was developed in Renaissance Florence, where the manufacture of such objects was enthusiastically sponsored by Medici princes. Ideally suited for ostentatious display, the works sent an unmistakable message of wealth and political might that was understood in centers of power everywhere. From Italy the medium spread across Europeto Prague, Madrid, Naples, Paris, and later Saint Petersburg. Precious and fragile, pietre dure objects are rarely brought together in large numbers. This richly illustrated catalogue contains more than 150 masterworks from across Europe, dating from five centuries, including almost every artistic use of semiprecious stone during this time as well as some of the finest examples of the medium. Eight essays by European and American experts discuss the individualized development of pietre dure in every European region, the latest developments in scholarship, the interrelationships between art and dynastic politics and between cultures, and a variety of techniques used to produce these luxurious masterworks."--Metropolitan Museum of Art website.

The Medici Michelangelo The Art Of Late Renaissance Florence

Author : Cristina Acidini
ISBN : 0300094957
Genre : Art
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"Publisdhed in conjuntion with the exhibition: Magnificenza! the Medici, Michelangelo, & the Art of Late Renaissance Florence (In Italy, L'Ombra del genio: Michelangelo e l'arte a Firenze, 1538-1631) ..."--Title page verso.

The Grove Encyclopedia Of Medieval Art And Architecture

Author : Colum Hourihane
ISBN : 9780195395365
Genre : Art
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This volume offers unparalleled coverage of all aspects of art and architecture from medieval Western Europe, from the 6th century to the early 16th century. Drawing upon the expansive scholarship in the celebrated 'Grove Dictionary of Art' and adding hundreds of new entries, it offers students, researchers and the general public a reliable, up-to-date, and convenient resource covering this field of major importance in the development of Western history and international art and architecture.

Pietre Dure

Author : Anna Maria Giusti
ISBN : 0892368497
Genre : Art
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Pietre dure (Italian for "hard stone") is mosaic design made from semiprecious stones. This comprehensive survey looks at the uses of decorative stonework and the variety of techniques used to produce it from prehistory to the present day, focusing especially on the period from its rebirth in sixteenth-century Rome through the developments of the nineteenth century. The history of pietre dure in the modern era began in Rome in the 1500s where, thanks to patrons' commissions, new techniques and new types of designs appeared, intended for interior and furniture decoration. These innovations spread throughout Italy in the seventeenth century, producing the most spectacular period in the history of pietre dure in Florence under the Medici. In the eighteenth century numerous royal workshops based on the Florentine model appeared across Europe, under the patronage of the Hapsburgs in Prague, Louis XIV in France, and Frederick II in Prussia. Annamaria Giusti's richly illustrated book captures the beauty and craftsmanship of this ancient technique for "painting in stone."

Pietre Dure And The Art Of Florentine Inlay

Author : Anna Maria Giusti
ISBN : 0500512973
Genre : Incrustation (Stone carving)
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Carving & carvings.

Gift Giving And Materiality In Europe 1300 1600

Author : Lars Kjaer
ISBN : 9781350183711
Genre : History
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Gift-giving played an important role in political, social and religious life in medieval and early modern Europe. This volume explores an under-examined and often-overlooked aspect of this phenomenon: the material nature of the gift. Drawing on examples from both medieval and early modern Europe, the authors from the UK and across Europe explore the craftsmanship involved in the production of gifts and the use of exotic objects and animals, from elephant bones to polar bears and 'living' holy objects, to communicate power, class and allegiance. Gifts were publicly given, displayed and worn and so the book explores the ways in which, as tangible objects, gifts could help to construct religious and social worlds. But the beauty and material richness of the gift could also provoke anxieties. Classical and Christian authorities agreed that, in gift-giving, it was supposed to be the thought that counted and consequently wealth and grandeur raised worries about greed and corruption: was a valuable ring payment for sexual services or a token of love and a promise of marriage? Over three centuries, Gift-Giving and Materiality in Europe, 1300-1600: Gifts as Objects reflects on the possibilities, practicalities and concerns raised by the material character of gifts.

Florentine Patricians And Their Networks

Author : Elisa Goudriaan
ISBN : 9789004353589
Genre : History
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A comprehensive overview of the cultural world and diplomatic strategies of Florentine patricians by revealing their contribution to the court culture of the Medici and the mechanisms behind their brokerage activities.

Nature And The Arts In Early Modern Naples

Author : Frank Fehrenbach
ISBN : 9783110720488
Genre : Art
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The literary, artistic, and scientific culture of early modern Naples is closely linked to the natural topography of the city, stretching from Iacopo Sannazaro’s poetic evocation of the Campania landscape to Giambattista Vico’s approach in which he anchors human civilization to the existential confrontation with natural forces. With the open sea, the rocky coastline, and the menacing presence of Vesuvius, the image of Naples, more than any other city in early modern times, is associated in the collective imagination with the forces of nature. Even the populace was interpreted as a force of nature. In this volume, art, literature, and science historians investigate the convergence of culture and nature in a unique geographic context.

Contamination And Purity In Early Modern Art And Architecture

Author : Daniel M. Zolli
ISBN : 9789048541003
Genre : Architecture
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The concepts of purity and contamination preoccupied early modern Europeans fundamentally, structuring virtually every aspect of their lives, not least how they created and experienced works of art and the built environment. In an era that saw a great number of objects and people in motion, the meteoric rise of new artistic and building technologies, and religious upheaval exert new pressures on art and its institutions, anxieties about the pure and the contaminated - distinctions between the clean and unclean, sameness and difference, self and other, organization and its absence - took on heightened importance. In this series of geographically and methodologically wide-ranging essays, thirteen leading historians of art and architecture grapple with the complex ways that early modern actors negotiated these concerns, covering topics as diverse as Michelangelo's unfinished sculptures, Venetian plague hospitals, Spanish-Muslim tapestries, and emergency currency. The resulting volume offers surprising new insights into the period and into the modern disciplinary routines of art and architectural history.

Natural Stone Resources For Historical Monuments

Author : Richard Přikryl
ISBN : 1862392919
Genre : Science
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Natural stone is considered to be a versatile, durable and aesthetically pleasing building material. From the beginning of civilization, important structures and monuments have been built from, or based on, natural stone. Until the end of the nineteenth century, the use of local stone re-sources was mostly in balance with the local environment. Strict environ-mental legislation has resulted in the closing of many long-standing quar-ries in industrialized countries, which has led to a shortage of traditional stone varieties. This has caused problems for restoration practice. Cheap, imported stone from less industrialized countries has become more widely available in recent years. Some of the issues related to built stone conservation and restoration cov-ered by this volume are: the establishment of inventories of possible re-placement stones; understanding the decay mechanism and use of preven-tive conservation methods for slowing down decay processes; evaluation of the properties of natural stone; and assessing the risks of using replacement stones of different qualities.

Mughal Inlay Art

Author : Ram Nath
ISBN : STANFORD:36105123596343
Genre : Architecture, Mogul
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The Book Studies Inlay Art That Developed In Mughal Architecture Indigenously, From Humayun To Shah Jehan (C. 1535 To 1658 Ad). Mughal Inlay Is Architectural And To Brand It Pietra-Dura , Which Was A Florentine Picture-Art Used On Wooden Furniture, Is A Misnomer. This Book Also Reveals That Orpheus Plaques Which Led The Colonial Historians To Florence To Trace The Origin Of Mughal Inlay Were Imported Ready-Made And There Is No Other Example Of Florentine Pietra-Dura.

Pocket Rough Guide Florence

Author : Rough Guides
ISBN : 9781789194418
Genre : TRAVEL
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Discover this beautiful city with the most incisive and entertaining travel guide on the market. You can take this handy, pocket-sized book out with you anywhere, any time. Whether you plan to gawp at Michelangelo's David, admire the view from hilltop San Miniato al Monte or relax over apertivi in the Oltrano neighbourhood, Pocket Rough Guide Florence will show you the ideal places to sleep, eat, drink, shop and visit along the way. - Perfect for short trips - compact and concise, with all the practical info you'll need for a few days' stay. - Free pull-out map, as well as full-colour maps throughout - navigate the alleys and squares around the Duomo or find your way to Santa Croce's best restaurants without needing to get online. - Things not to miss - Rough Guides' rundown of Florence's unmissable sights and experiences. - Itineraries - carefully planned days to help you organize your visit. - Independent, trusted reviews written with Rough Guides' trademark blend of humour, honesty and insight, with options to suit every budget. - Stunning images - a rich collection of inspiring colour photography. - Detailed city coverage - whether visiting the big sights or venturing off the tourist trail, this travel guide has in-depth practical advice for every step of the way. Chapters cover each neighbourhood in depth, with all the sights and the best of the nearby shops, cafés, restaurants, bars and clubs. Areas covered include: Piazza del Duomo; Pizza della Signoria; San Lorenzo; west of the centre, including Ognissanti; Oltrano; the city outskirts; Fiesole. Attractions include: The Uffizi; Santa Croce; The Duomo; Ponte Vecchio, Santa Maria Novella; Capella Brancacci; Mercato di Sant'Ambrogio; Mercato Centrale; Palazzo Pitti; The Bargello; Museo dell'Opera del Duomo; San Lorenzo and Medici tombs; Santo Spirito; San Miniato al Monte, and many more. - Day-trips - venture further afield to the hill-town Fiesole, within easy reach of Florence. - Accommodation - our unbiased selection of the top places to stay, to suit every budget. - Essentials - crucial pre-departure practical information including getting there, local transport, health, tourist information, festivals and events, and more. - Background information - an easy-to-use chronology, plus a handy language section and glossary.

The Museo Degli Argenti

Author : Marilena Mosco
ISBN : 8809037936
Genre : Art
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A Companion To Islamic Art And Architecture

Author : Finbarr Barry Flood
ISBN : 9781119068570
Genre : Art
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The two-volume Companion to Islamic Art and Architecture bridges the gap between monograph and survey text by providing a new level of access and interpretation to Islamic art. The more than 50 newly commissioned essays revisit canonical topics, and include original approaches and scholarship on neglected aspects of the field. This two-volume Companion showcases more than 50 specially commissioned essays and an introduction that survey Islamic art and architecture in all its traditional grandeur Essays are organized according to a new chronological-geographical paradigm that remaps the unprecedented expansion of the field and reflects the nuances of major artistic and political developments during the 1400-year span The Companion represents recent developments in the field, and encourages future horizons by commissioning innovative essays that provide fresh perspectives on canonical subjects, such as early Islamic art, sacred spaces, palaces, urbanism, ornament, arts of the book, and the portable arts while introducing others that have been previously neglected, including unexplored geographies and periods, transregional connectivities, talismans and magic, consumption and networks of portability, museums and collecting, and contemporary art worlds; the essays entail strong comparative and historiographic dimensions The volumes are accompanied by a map, and each subsection is preceded by a brief outline of the main cultural and historical developments during the period in question The volumes include periods and regions typically excluded from survey books including modern and contemporary art-architecture; China, Indonesia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Sicily, the New World (Americas)

Mosaics In Mexico

Author : Miguel Ángel Fernández
ISBN : UVA:X030246982
Genre : Art
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The author presents the history evolution of the mosaic production since ancient Greek and Roman tiles and Pre-Columbian mosaic pieces along the history of "Mosaicos Venicianos de Mexico", a factory and workshop owned and operated by the Perdomo family for over 50 years. In the workshop located in Cuernavaca (state of Morelos, Mexico) several generations of mosaicists have produced glass Byzantine mosaic tiles while upholding the highs tandards of the traditional craft of the tesserae with extraordinary examples of contemporary mosaic art displayed in murals and architectural ornamentation. The company has participated with artists Jose Chavez Morado, Diego Rivera, Juan O'Gorman, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Francisco Eppens amongst others in the creation of monumental public mosaic murals"--Provided by vendor.

Inigo S Stones

Author : Tom Williamson
ISBN : 9781780881201
Genre : Architects
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Written by a geologist rather than an art historian, Inigo’s Stones has a down to earth narrative which reveals Inigo Jones as a stone expert who dealt with masons to became a shrewd businessman, bringing Portland stones to London, and founding the modern Portland stone industry.Why are so many of London’s famous buildings, for example Buckingham Palace, the British Museum, the Bank of England, the government offices in Whitehall, faced with stones from the Isle of Portland, more than a hundred miles away? Until now the reasons that prompted famous architect Inigo Jones to bring blocks of this creamy limestone all the way by sea from the Royal Manor of Portland and thereby found the modern Portland stone industry had been something of a mystery.Working with archival research specialist James Derriman, geologist Tom Williamson has now reconstructed a scenario that solves the mystery. It is a complex tale that involves the marriage of Inigo’s chief Banqueting House mason Nicholas Stone to the daughter of the City Mason of booming Amsterdam, a nasty incident at the stone-loading pier at Portland and Inigo Jones’s struggles to pay stone workers from King James’s bankrupt Treasury.The new findings presented in Inigo’s Stones also see Inigo Jones studying Roman stones and marbles in Italy with Lord and Lady Arundel, initiating the first geological study of Stonehenge, searching for Portland stones big enough to replicate the Carystian marble monoliths of the Roman temple of Antoninus and Faustina in London and procuring Irish marbles to reflect imperial glory on his friend King Charles I. Inigo emerges not just as a Court propagandist and Vitruvian architect, but also as a resourceful businessman doing his best to cope at a time when the government was even shorter of cash than it is today.Reflecting on the questions raised by Inigo’s work for the Stuart kings, the author Tom Williamson extends the story to cover the whole field of how rulers have used stones and marbles to project imperial power. Focusing on the stones of three once-mighty empires, the Roman, the Mughal and the British, the book ends with a surprising twist.

The Art Of Mosaics

Author : Los Angeles County Museum of Art
ISBN : UCSD:31822011519170
Genre : Art, Late Renaissance
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A catalogue of Post-Renaissance mosaics found in the Gilbert Collection.

Radical Marble

Author : J. Nicholas Napoli
ISBN : 9781351174145
Genre : Art
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Marble is one of the great veins through the architectural tradition and fundamental building block of the Mediterranean world, from the Parthenon of mid-fifth century Athens, which was constructed of pentelic marble, to Justinian’s Hagia Sophia in Constantinople and the Renaissance and Baroque basilica of St. Peter’s in the Vatican. Scholarship has done much in recent years to reveal the ways and means of marble. The use of colored marbles in Roman imperial architecture has recently been the subject of a major exhibition and the medieval traditions of marble working have been studied in the context of family genealogies and social networks. In addition, architectural historians have revealed the meanings evoked by marble revetted and paved surfaces, from Heavenly Jerusalem to frozen water. The present volume builds upon the body of recent and emerging research - from antiquity to the present day - to embrace a global focus and address the more unusual (or at least unexpected) uses, meanings, and aesthetic appeal of marble. It presents instances where the use of marble has revolutionized architectural practice, suggested new meaning for the built environment, or defined a new aesthetic - moments where this well-known material has been put to radical use.

The Arts

Author : J. Mills
ISBN : 9783110976625
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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