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Seminar 07

The World of Glass, Ceramics and Silk


Suggested reading



Barovier, Rosa – Tonini, Cristina (eds.), Study Days on Venetian Glass. Approximately 1600, Venice 2014


Beretta, Marco, ‘Glassmaking Goes Public: The Cultural Background to Antonio Neri’s L’Arte Vetraria (1612)’, Technology and Culture, 58 (2017), pp. 1046-1070


Charleston, R. J., Masterpieces of Glass. A World History from the Corning Museum of Glass, New York 1980 [NK 5102.N3]


Hills, Paul, ‘Venetian Glass and Renaissance Self-Fashioning’, in Concepts of Beauty in Renaissance Art, ed. Francis Ames-Lewis and Mary Rogers, Aldershot 1998, pp. 163-178 [N 6915.C6]


Hills, Paul, Venetian Colour: Marble, Mosaic, Painting and Glass, 1250-1550, New Haven-London 1999, chs. 5, 8 [N 6921.V3]


Liefkes, Reino, Glass, London 1997 [NK 5102.G75]


MacFarlane, Adam – Martin, Gerry, Glass. A World History, Chicago-London 2002


MacLeod, Christine, ‘Accident or Design? George Ravenscroft’s Patent and the Invention of Lead-Crystal Glass’, Technology and Culture, 28 (1987), pp. 776-803


Maitte, Corine, ‘Façon de Venise: Determining the Value of Glass in Early Modern Europe’, in Concepts of Value in European Material Culture, 1500-1900, ed. by Bert De Munck and Dries Lyna, Ashgate 2015, pp. 209-237


McCray, W. Patrick, ‘Creating Networks of Skill: Technology Transfer and the Glass Industry of Venice’, Journal of European Economic History, 28 (1999), pp. 301-333


McCray, W. Patrick, Glassmaking in Renaissance Venice: The Fragile Craft, London-New York 1999


Tait, G. Hugh, The Golden Age of Venetian Glass, London 1979 [NK 5152.V3]


Tait, G. Hugh, Five Thousand Years of Glass, London 1991




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


Hess, Catherine (ed.), Italian Ceramics. Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection, Los Angeles 2002


Hildyard, Robin, European Ceramics, London 1999


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


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


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]


Simons, Patricia, ‘The Cultural Context of Maiolica in Renaissance Italy’, Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Art, 87 (2013), Italian Renaissance and Later Ceramics


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




Edler De Roover, Florence, ‘Andrea Banchi, Florentine Silk Manufacturer and Merchant in the Fifteenth Century’, in Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History, 3 (1966), pp. 223-285 [Arts Periodicals]


Kovesi, Catherine, ‘Defending the Right to Dress: Two Sumptuary Law Protests in Sixteenth-Century Milan’, in The Right to Dress. Sumptuary Laws in a Global Perspective, c. 1200-1800, ed. by Ulinka Rublack and Giorgio Riello, Cambridge 2019, pp. 186-209


Ma, Debin, ‘The Great Silk Exchange: How the World Was Connected and Developed’, in Pacific Centuries: Pacific and Pacific Rim History Since the 16th Century, ed. by D. Flynn, L. Frost and A.J.H. Latham, London 1998


Molà, Luca, The Silk Industry of Renaissance Venice, Baltimore-London 2000


Molà, Luca, ‘A Luxury Industry: The Production of Italian Silks’, in Europe’s Rich Fabrics, ed. by Bart Lambert and Katherine Ann Wilson, Ashgate 2016, pp. 205-234


Molà, Luca, ‘Material Diplomacy: Venetian Luxury Gifts for the Ottoman Empire in the Late Renaissance’, in Global Gifts. The Material Culture of Diplomacy in Early Modern Eurasia, ed. by Zoltan Biedermann, Anne Gerritsen and Giorgio Riello, Cambridge 2017, pp. 56-87


Poni, Carlo, ‘Fashion as Flexible Production: The Strategies of the Lyons Silk Merchants in the Eighteenth Century’, in World of Possibilities. Flexibility and Mass Production in Western Industrialization, ed. by Charles F. Sabel and Jonathan Zeitlin, Cambridge 1997, pp. 37-74