Materials carried the meaning of early modern art. Transformed and crafted from the matter of nature, art objects were the physical embodiment of both the inherent qualities of materials and the forces of culture that used, refined and produced them. The study of materials offers a new approach to this important period in the history of art, science and culture, linking the close study of painting, sculpture and architecture to much wider categories of the everyday and the exotic. Drawing on research and models from anthropology, material culture and the history of art, scholars in The matter of art explore topics as diverse as Inka stonework, gold in panel painting, cork platforms for shoes, and the Christian Eucharist.
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 360
Dimensions: 240 x 170 x 28 mm
'...shows the reader that engagement with the particularities of medium can lead to the richest of interpretations.'
'The Matter of Art is a volume of superb interdisciplinary criticism thoughtfully organized and presented in as compact and accessible form as could possibly be expected for all it achieves.'
Sixteenth Century Journal