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Covering a period that witnessed the flowering of the Renaissance and the major expansion of the Italian silk industry, this volume examines the Italian silk fabrics depicted in paintings from Italy, England and the Netherlands over the course of 250 years. Lisa Monnas offers a masterly evaluation of these paintings as source material for classifying surviving textiles, giving particular attention to the identification of historic textile types and their weave structure. Monnas examines a wide range of subjects, including silk as a marker of social status, the material possessions of artists and their ownership of textiles as props, the involvement of painters in silk design, and the repetition and transfer of patterns. She considers the evidence of paintings not only for the veracity with which the silks are depicted but also for their value as a historic source concerning the use of fabrics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300111170
ISBN-10: 0300111177
Format: Hardback
(290mm x 248mm x 36mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 16-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Lisa Monnas is an independent scholar.

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