Luxury Arts of the Renaissance
By (author) Marina Belozerskaya
Luxury Arts of the Renaissance by Marina Belozerskaya
Book DescriptionToday we associate Renaissance arts with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Yet gem-studded goldwork and richly embellished armor; splendid tapestries, embroideries, and textiles; ephemeral multimedia spectacles; and other opulent creations were consistently more celebrated by contemporaries. Thus, Isabella d'Este, Marchesa of Mantua, bequeathed to her children vases of semiprecious stones mounted in gold, engraved gems, ivories, antique bronzes, and marbles. Her favorite ladies-in-waiting, by contrast, received mere paintings! This distribution underscores Renaissance aesthetic preferences and cultural values: finely-wrought luxury artifacts were extolled for their exquisite craftsmanship and the symbolic capital of their components, while paintings and sculptures in modest materials were considered of lesser consequence.Luxury Arts of the Renaissance endeavors to return to the mainstream materials long overlooked due to historical and ideological biases. The author traces luxury arts from their status as markers of ascendancy and discernment in the Renaissance to their subsequent marginalization as extravagant trinkets unworthy of the status of art. By re-examining the objects themselves and their uses in their day, Belozerskaya demonstrates how sumptuous creations constructed both the world and taste of Renaissance elites. Without these art forms the study of Renaissance arts is impoverished and history misrepresented.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780892367856
(289mm x 238mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press, USA
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United States
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Illustrates the stunningly beautiful objects that were the most prized artworks of their time, restoring to the mainstream materials and items long dismissed as 'extravagant trinkets'. By re-examining the objects themselves, the author demonstrates how these glittering creations constructed both the world and the taste of the Renaissance elites.
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Author Biography - Marina Belozerskaya
Marina Belozerskaya is an independent researcher and writer focusing on the Renaissance.
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