Art of the Royal Court
Treasures in Pietre Dure from the Palaces of Europe
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Art of the Royal Court by Anna Maria Giusti
Book DescriptionThis beautiful catalogue provides a comprehensive history of pietre dure, a virtuoso form of hardstone carving that reached an artistic peak in Italy in the 16th century and subsequently spread throughout Europe. The demanding practice of pietre dure, first used in ancient times, enjoyed a spectacular revival in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. By artistic cutting, semiprecious stones-agate, lapis lazuli, chalcedony, and other colorful hardstones-were fashioned into extravagantly designed luxury objects such as table tops, wall panels, cabinets, and ornate display vessels. Both as objects of desire and as diplomatic gifts, these precious creations captivated the affluent societies of Europe. Art of the Royal Court presents 150 masterpieces of pietre dure, many of which are further embellished with gold and silver mounts or decorated with exotic woods and other coveted materials.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300136722
(320mm x 236mm x 36mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Anna Maria Giusti
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After nearly thirty years of restoration, the gilt bronze doors that Lorenzo Ghiberti made for the Florence Baptistery between 1425 and 1452 are once again on show for the world to see. This book presents the images of the restored Gates, traces their long history, and offers a careful look at the Old Testament scenes on the bronze panels.
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Author Biography - Anna Maria Giusti
Annamaria Giusti is Chief Curator at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure e Laboratori di Restauro, Florence. Wolfram Koeppe is curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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