Objects of Virtue by Luke Syson
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Objects of Virtue
By Luke Syson

Objects of Virtue

Art in Renaissance Italy

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Objects of Virtue by Luke Syson

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The ways in which Renaissance art objects were read was determined by an alliance of interests. On the one hand, members of a wealthy elite were attempting to distinguish themselves from ordinary mortals through their buying, and, on the other, the commentators (often in the pockets of the elite) were both moulding and reflecting their choices. It was not enough that these objects were expensive. Their interpretation was shaped by the study of the glories of ancient Greece and Rome, and scholars worked hard to present the buying of art objects in the best possible light. They could do so only if goods were of the right kind; they had to be magnificent or splendid, while leaving room for the appreciation of their aesthetic qualities and the talent and art of their makers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714128115
ISBN-10: 0714128112
Format: Paperback
(275mm x 216mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: British Museum Press
Publisher: British Museum Press
Publish Date: 26-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Luke Syson

Luke Syson is Curator of Italian Painting 1460-1500 at the National Gallery Dora Thornton is Curator of Renaissance Collections in the Department of Medieval and Modern Europe in the British Museum.

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