Art and Love in Renaissance Italy

Edited by Andrea Bayer; Andrea Bayer, Beverly Louise Brown, Nancy Edwards, Everett Fahy, Deborah L. Krohn, Jacqueline Marie Musacchio, Luke Syson, Dora Thornton, James Grantham Turner, and Linda Wolk-Simon

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November 25, 2008
392 pages, 9 x 12
75 b/w + 300 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300124118
Cloth

Published in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art

With contributions by Sarah Cartwright, Jessie McNab, J. Kenneth Moore, Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, Wendy Thompson, and Jeremy Warren

 

Many famous Italian Renaissance artworks were made to celebrate love and marriage. They were the pinnacles of a tradition---dating from the early Renaissance---of commemorating betrothal, marriage, and the birth of a child by commissioning extraordinary objects or exchanging them as gifts. This important volume is the first to examine the entire range of works to which Renaissance rituals of love and marriage gave rise and makes a major contribution to our understanding of Renaissance art in its broader cultural context. Some 140 works of art, dating from about 1400 to 1600, are discussed by a distinguished group of scholars and are reproduced in full color.

 

Marriage and childbirth gifts are the point of departure. These range from maiolica, glassware, and jewelry to birth trays, musical instruments, and nuptial portraits. Bonds of love of another sort were represented in erotic drawings and prints. From these precedents, an increasingly inventive approach to subjects of love and marriage culminated in paintings by some of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, including Giulio Romano, Lorenzo Lotto, and Titian.

 

Andrea Bayer is Curator in the Department of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (November 11, 2008 – February 16, 2009)


 Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth (March 15 – June 14, 2009)

"A delightfully bawdy romp as well as a thorough exploration of the iconography, this exhibition catalog proffers passion, romance, and solid study as it considers matrimony in Renaissance Italy. . . . Highly recommended for libraries specializing in art and art history."—Library Journal

“With nearly 600 illustrations between them, they offer extraordinary evidence of almost every aspect of daily life among the wealthy Florentines (and others) in the 15th century … They are very good; in their distillation of facts they are the new fundamental source books, the compendia to which every student of history and art history should first turn for information on the social rituals and associated furniture and artefacts of the wealthy Italian Renaissance household.” - Brian Sewell, The Evening Standard

"This is the catalogue of an exhibition, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Kimbell Museum, highlighting Renaissance art of an intimate, personal character. . . . A series of excellent essays take current scholarship further and provide a broad base for understanding the objects in their daily context. This catalogue is an important tool for the study of Renaissance material culture. Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers."—Choice

"Truly outstanding essays in the catalogue on the topic of profane love. . . .The catalogue's concluding chapter is striking for what it reveals about the impact of Hope's work down to the present day, and it provides clues to understanding details of both the exhibition and catalogue."—Dennis Romano, College Art Association

"A major contribution to our understanding of Renaissance art in its broader culturual context. . . . Highly informative, bringing together a wide range of objects and images as a way to better understand the ritual of love and family life in all stages and those involved in them. . . . A must-have for anyone interested in Renaissance art and private life."—Katherine A. McIver, Renaissance Quarterly

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