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Description - Italian Renaissance Ceramics by Dora Thornton

The British Museum collection of Italian Renaissance ceramics is one of the most important and most comprehensive anywhere in the world. Apart from containing many works of great artistic beauty, it is unequalled for its high proportion of signed, marked, dated and armorial pieces, crucial for scholarly study of the subject. This is the first systematic catalogue of the collection. The 495 detailed entries cover the period from 1400 to 1700 and include maiolica, incised slipware and the rare Medici porcelain made in the ground-breaking Granducal workshop in Florence in the late 16th century. Every item is illustrated at least once, and most twice, in colour. Particular attention is given to patronage (the collection includes works made for such eminent patrons as Pope Leo X and Isabella dEste), to the relationship with painting and other arts, and to the history of collecting and the role of the BM collection in developing the international study of the subject. The catalogue entries incorporate the results of a long programme of scientific analaysis of the clays used by Renaissance potters. The book will also contain the fullest bibliography of the subject ever published.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714128160
ISBN-10: 0714128163
Format: Hardback
(276mm x 219mm x 79mm)
Pages: 832
Imprint: British Museum Press
Publisher: British Museum Press
Publish Date: 9-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Dora Thornton

Dora Thornton is curator of the Renaissance collections at the British Museum and author of The Scholar in his Study: ownership and experience in Renaissance Italy and (with Luke Syson) Objects of Virtue: Art in Renaissance Italy. Timothy Wilson is Keeper of Western Art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. His publications include Ceramic Art of the Italian Renaissance, Italian Renaissance Pottery (as editor), and catalogues for the Ashmolean Museum, the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, and the Castello Sforzesco, Milan.

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