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Merchants, Princes and Painters: Silk Fabrics in Italian and Northern Painting, 1300-1550 (Hardback)

Lisa Monnas

Edité par Yale University Press, United States, 2009
ISBN 10: 0300111177 / ISBN 13: 9780300111170
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Titre : Merchants, Princes and Painters: Silk ...

Éditeur : Yale University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2009

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780300111170

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Synopsis : 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.

Synopsis: Silk was one of the great social signifiers of the later Middle Ages, and it is represented in a profusion of paintings from the period, demonstrating the opulence of the patron's own dress. This large book, illustrated throughout with such paintings and with surviving silks, takes a multifaceted look at medieval silk, its production and trade, the various grades of textile, the garments, church vestments drapes and coverings which were made from it, and their decoration, as well as the social context of silk as a high status item, the pageantry of official occasions, and the sumptuary legislation designed to control silk production. A beautiful book, every bit as opulent as its subject.

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