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Italian Renaissance Ceramics in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Timothy Wilson; With an essay by Luke Syson

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The brightly colored tin-enameled earthenware called maiolica was among the major accomplishments of decorative arts in 16th-century Italy.  This in-depth look at the history of maiolica, told through 140 exemplary pieces from the world-class collection at the Metropolitan Museum, offers a new perspective on a major aspect of Italian Renaissance art.  Most of the works have never been published and all are newly photographed. The ceramics are featured alongside detailed descriptions of production techniques and a consideration of the social and cultural context, making this an invaluable resource for scholars and collectors.  The imaginatively decorated works include an eight-figure group of the Lamentation, the largest and most ambitious piece of sculpture produced in a Renaissance maiolica workshop; pharmacy jars; bella donna plates; and more.

Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Distributed by Yale University Press

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Timothy Wilson is Barrie and Deedee Wigmore Research Keeper, Department of Western Art, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, and Professor of the Arts of the Renaissance, University of Oxford.  Luke Syson is Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Chairman of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Wilson’s catalogue sets a high standard, incorporating the most up-to-date scholarship with a vivid and readable text. . . . [I]t goes well beyond a specialist catalogue and will find a wide and enthusiastic audience.”—Jacqueline Marie Musacchio, Renaissance Quarterly
ISBN: 9781588395610
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Publishing Partner: Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Distributed by Yale University Press
392 pages, 8 1/2 x 12
365 color illus.
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