Objects and Material Culture
- How were objects used to define social status in the early modern period?
- Was the growing consumption of luxury goods in the Renaissance the beginning of modern consumerism?
- What was different in the consumption of luxury objects between northern and southern Europe?
- Was sumptuary legislation successful in its attempt to curb social mobility?
- Did technical innovations respond to the growing demand for arts among early modern Europeans or did they cause it?
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