Publication – « The Art of the Poor. The Aesthetic Material Culture of the Lower Classes in Europe 1300-1600 », dir. Rembrandt Duits

The history of art in the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance has generally been written as a story of elites: bankers, noblemen, kings, cardinals, and popes and their artistic interests and commissions. Recent decades have seen attempts to recast the story in terms of material culture, but the focus seems to remain on the upper strata of society. In his inclusive analysis of art from 1300 to 1600, Rembrandt Duits rectifies this.

Bringing together thought-provoking ideas from art historians, historians, anthropologists and museum curators, The Art of the Poor examines the role of art in the lower social classes of Europe and explores how this influences our understanding of medieval and early modern society. Introducing new themes and raising innovative research questions through a series of thematically grouped short case studies, this book gives impetus to a new field on the cusp of art history, social history, urban archaeology, and historical anthropology. In doing so, this important study helps us re-assess the very concept of ‘art’ and its function in society.

Table des matières :

List of Figures
Notes on Contributors
Preface
Introduction. Did the Poor have Art? Rembrandt Duits (The Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Studies University of London, UK)
1. Material Culture without Objects: Artisan Artistic Commissions in Early Renaissance Italy, Samuel Cohn (University of Glasgow, UK)
2. Poverty in the Paintings of Jacopo Bassano: The Crisis Poor and the Structural Poor, Tom Nichols (University of Glasgow, UK)
3. The ‘Slipshot’ Nature of Carpaccio’s St Tryphon Tames the Basilisk: A Painting for a Poor Confraternity, Thomas Schweigert (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
4. Communal Patronage of Church Decoration in Rural Venetian Crete, Angeliki Lymberopoulou (The Open University, UK)
5. Next to Chur We Are still Poor: Art and the Relationality of Poverty in the Rhaetian Alps,Joanne W. Anderson (University of Aberdeen, UK)
6. Miracles in the Margins: The Miraculous Image of Santa Maria delle Carceri in Prato, Shannon Gilmore-Kuziow (Australian Catholic University, Australia)
7. The Art of Popular Piety: Pilgrim Souvenirs from the Museum of London Collection, Meriel Jeater (Museum of London, UK)
8. Artisans and Dress in Denmark 1550-1650: A Preliminary Exploration, Anne-Kristine Sindvald Larsen (Aalto University, Finland)
9. The Art of Artisan Fashions: Moroni’s Tailor and the Changing Culture of Clothing in Sixteenth-Century Italy, Paula Hohti Erichsen (Aalto University, Finland)
10. Identifying Popular Musical Practice: Instruments and Performance in the Iconography and Archaeology of the Medieval and Renaissance Period in Europe, Roger Blench (Cambridge University, UK)
11. An Art for Everyman: The Aspirations of the Medieval Potter, Jacqui Pearce (Museum of London Archaeology, UK)
12. Italian Tin-Glazed Ceramics: Silverware for Poor People? Clarisse Evrard (University of Lille – École du Louvre, France)
13. Ordinary Objects for Priceless Lighting: Copper-Alloy Candlesticks in Medieval and Early Modern England, Anne-Clothilde Dumargne (University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France)
14. Burning Issues: Political Iconography on Dutch Firebacks, Lucinda Timmermans (Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, The Netherlands)
15. Visual Pedagogy: The Use of Woodcuts in Early Modern Lutheran and Catholic Cathechisms, Ruth Atherton (University of South Wales, UK)
16. Shakespeare’s Picture of ‘We Three’: An Image for Illiterates? M.A. Katritzky (The Open University, UK)
Bibliography
Index

Informations pratiques :

The Art of the Poor. The Aesthetic Material Culture of the Lower Classes in Europe 1300-1600, dir. Rembrandt Duits, Bloomsbury, 2020. 312 p. 96 ill. ISBN : 9781786726179. Prix : £76.50

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