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Description - Bazaar to Piazza by Rosamond E. Mack

The Mediterranean trade in luxury goods from the East made a strong and lasting impression on Italian artistic taste and production during the early Renaissance. This opulently illustrated book describes and illustrates the fascinating ways that imported art objects inspired improvements and new variety in Italian decorative arts. From Italian textiles featuring Islamic and Asian motifs to ceramics and glassware that reflected Syrian techniques and ornamental concepts, this book gives an extraordinary view of the influence of imported Oriental goods in Italy over three crucial centuries of artistic development. Rosamond Mack traces Italy's emerging decorative arts tradition as she discusses textiles, ceramics, glass, bookbinding, and metalwork; she also considers how Italian painting reflects trans-Mediterranean trade and travel. Painters represented carpets and ceramics from the East in their works, as well as textiles with bands of writing replicating or suggesting Arabic script, negotiating cultural differences in their borrowings. These paintings show how Islamic motifs were absorbed into Christian contexts. Beginning in the 1300s and 1400s, the works of Italian craftsmen inspi

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520221314
ISBN-10: 0520221311
Format: Hardback
(279mm x 216mm x mm)
Pages: 266
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 21-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Rosamond E. Mack

Rosamond E. Mack is an independent scholar who received a doctorate in Renaissance art from Harvard University. She has lived in the Middle East and has traveled extensively in the countries whose art figures in this book.