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Title Making marvels : science and splendor at the courts of Europe / edited by Wolfram Koeppe.
Publication New York, New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art, [2019]
Distribution New Haven, Connecticut : Distributed by Yale University Press
Manufacture Madrid, Spain : Brizzolis
Copyright date ©2019
Description 307 pages : color illustrations, photographs, portraits ; 32 cm
Call # 745.094 M
Note Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from November 25, 2019-March 1, 2020.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-298) and index.
Summary Innovation, technology, and spectacle combine in wondrous works of decorative art and furniture that embody the splendor and luxury of the royal courts of Europe. At once beautiful works of art and technological wonders, the objects featured in Making Marvels demonstrate how European royalty from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment signaled their status through their collections of ingeniously crafted inventions. Featuring 150 exemplary objects ranging from mechanical toys to scientific instruments, timepieces to automata, this groundbreaking study brings to life a glorious period when luxury, a quest for knowledge, scientific invention, and political power combined to produce remarkable works of art. More than frivolous playthings, these works inspired technical innovations that influenced a broad spectrum of activities, including astronomy, engineering, and artisanal craftsmanship. This remarkable volume explores works in a wide range of materials, including precious metals, gemstones, pietra dura, marble, ivory, wood, bone, shell, glass, and paper. The book's compelling essays address the layered historical context in which these objects were fashioned and gathered into cabinets of wonder at courts throughout Europe; elucidate their complex blending of art and science; and provide fascinating details about the patrons who commissioned them and the specialists who made them.
"Featuring more than 150 treasures from several of the world's most prestigious collections, 'Making Marvels' explores the vital intersection of art, technology, and political power at the courts of early modern Europe. It was there, from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, that a remarkable outpouring of creativity and learning gave rise to exquisite objects that were at once beautiful works of art and technological wonders. By amassing vast, glittering collections of these ingeniously crafted objects, princes flaunted their wealth and competed for mastery over the known world. More than mere status symbols, however, many of these marvels ushered in significant advancements that have had a lasting influence on astronomy, engineering, and even international politics. Incisive texts by leading scholars situate these works within the rich, complex symbolism of life at court, where science and splendor were pursued with equal vigor and together contributed to a culture of magnificence." --publisher's description, dust jacket.
Contents Setting the Standard: Forging a Culture of Magnificence -- marvels, Wonders, and Their Offspring / Wolfram Koeppe -- Entries -- The Kunstkammer: A Haven of Splendor & Study -- Amassing Magnificence: The Role of the Kunstkammer in Princely Self-Representation / Dirk Syndram -- Courtly Marvels and the New Experimental Philosophy / Pamela H. Smith -- Chasing Marvels, Revealing Secrets: The Kunstkammer in the Age of Discovery / Paulus Rainer -- A Surviving Curiosity: The Esterházy Kunstkammer / Florian Thaddäus Bayer / Entries -- Princely Education & Entertainment -- Scientific Instruments as Courtly Objects / Peter Passmeyer -- The Ivory Turn: Of Solids, Curves, and Nests / Noam Andrews -- The Noble Art: Alchemy and Innovation at Court / Ana Matisse Donefer-Hickie -- Entries -- Technological Marvels in Motion -- Clocks and Automata: The Art of Technological Development / Wolfram Koeppe -- Entries.
Note "Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe" : November 25, 2019-March 1, 2020, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, United States.
Text in English, with some essays translated from the German.
Subject Decorative arts -- Europe -- Exhibitions.
Art and science -- Europe -- History -- Exhibitions.
Cabinets of curiosities -- Europe -- Exhibitions.
Europe -- Court and courtiers -- Exhibitions.
Art and science. (OCoLC)fst00815430
Decorative arts. (OCoLC)fst00889315
Europe. (OCoLC)fst01245064
Genre Exhibition catalogs.
Illustrated works.
Exhibition catalogs. (OCoLC)fst01424028
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Addl. Author Koeppe, Wolfram, 1962- editor, author.
Syndram, Dirk, author.
Smith, Pamela H., 1957- author.
Rainer, Paulus, author.
Bayer, Florian Thaddäus, author.
Plassmeyer, Peter, author.
Andrews, Noam, author.
Donefer-Hickie, Ana Matisse, author.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), issuing body, publisher, organizer, host institution.
Yale University Press, distributor.
ISBN 9781588396778 (hardback) :
1588396770 (hardback)
1 hold on first copy returned of 1 copy

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