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Seminar 16

The Empire of Luxuries


Seminar questions

“The early-modern increase in the consumption of luxury objects shows the growing complexity of European social stratification”. Discuss


Did technical innovations respond to the growing demand for arts among early modern Europeans or did they cause it?



Suggested reading


Book Illumination

Alexander, J.J.G., Medieval Illuminators and their Methods of Work, New Haven-London 1992 [ND 2920.A5]


Alexander, J.J.G. (ed), The Painted Page: Italian Renaissance Book Illumination, London-Munich 1994 [ND 3159.P2]


Farquhar, James Douglas, Creation and Imitation: The Work of a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript Illuminator, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1976 [ND 3150.M2]




Goldthwaite, Richard A., ‘The Economic and Social World of Italian Renaissance Maiolica’, in Renaissance Quarterly, 42 (1989), pp. 1-32 [Jstor]


Hildyard, Robin, European Ceramics, London 1999 [being processed]


Johnson, Jerah, ‘Bernard Palissy, Prophet of Modern Ceramics’, Sixteenth Century Journal, 14 (1983), pp. 399-410 [Jstor]


Kingery, W. David, ‘Painterly Maiolica of the Italian Renaissance’, Technology and Culture, 34 (1993), pp. 28-48 [Project Muse]


Mallet, J.V.G., ‘Mantua and Urbino: Gonzaga Patronage of Maiolica’, Apollo, 14 (1981), pp. 162-169 [Arts Periodicals]


Mallet, J.V.G., ‘The Gonzaga and Ceramics’, in Splendours of the Gonzaga, ed. by David Chambers and Jane Martineau, London 1982, pp. 39-43 [N 6921.M3]


Thornton, Dora, ‘Maiolica Production in Renaissance Italy’, Pottery in the Making: World Ceramic Traditions, eds. Ian Freestone and David Gaimster., London 1997, pp. 116-121 [NK 3780.P6]


Wilson, Timothy, Ceramic Art of the Italian Renaissance, London 1987 [NK 4103.W4]


Wilson, Timothy, Italian Maiolica of the Renaissance, Milan 1996




Hackenbroch, Yvonne, Renaissance Jewellery, Munich 1979 [NK 5106.F4]


Hayward, J.F., Virtuoso Goldsmiths and the Triumph of Mannerism 1540-1620, London 1976 [NK 7109.H2]


Somers Cocks, Anna, ‘The Myth of “Burgundian” Goldsmithing and the Function of Plate at the Burgundian Court’, The Connoisseur, 194 (1977), pp. 180-186 [Arts Periodicals]


Somers Cocks, Anna, Princely Magnificence: Court Jewels in the Renaissance 1500-1630, London 1980 [NK 7409.P7]


Tait, G. Hugh, Seven Thousand Years of Jewellery, London 1986



Precious Stones

Butters, Suzanne, The Thriumph of Vulcan: Sculptors’ Tools, Porphiry, and the Prince in Ducal Florence, 2 vols., Florence 1996 [NB 615.B8]


Giusti, Annamaria, ‘The Origins and Splendors of the Grand-Ducal Pietre Dure Workshop’, in The Medici, Michelangelo, and the Art of Late Renaissance Florence, New Haven-London 2002, pp. 103-111 [N 6921.F7]


Perry, M., ‘Wealth, Art and Display: The Grimani Cameos in Renaissance Venice’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 56 (1993), pp. 268-273 [Arts Periodicals]




Adelson, Candace, ‘Cosimo I and the Foundation of Tapestry Production in Florence’, in Firenze e la Toscana dei Medici nell'Europa del Cinquecento, ed. by Gian Carlo Garfagnini, Florence 1983, vol. 3, pp. 899-924


Campbell, Thomas P., Tapestry in the Renaissance: Art and Magnificence, New York 2002 [NK 3007.C2]


Delmarcel, Guy, Flemish Tapestry Weavers Abroad. Emigration and the Founding of Manufactories in Europe, Leuven 2002


Goddard, Steven, ‘Brocade Patterns in the Shop of the Master of Frankfort: An Accessory to Stylistic Analysis’, Art Bulletin, 67 (1985), pp. 401-417 [Arts Periodicals]


Newton, Stella Mary, The Dress of the Venetians 1495-1525, Aldershot 1988 [GT 964.N3]