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AuthorFrederiks, J. W. author
TitleDutch Silver [electronic resource] : Embossed Plaquettes Tazze and Dishes from the Renaissance Until the End of the Eighteenth Century / by J. W. Frederiks
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1952
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Descript 544 p. 453 illus. online resource


Prosperity generally brings with it a desire for luxury, which finds its expression in man's endeavour to surround himself with objects of beauty. Artists of all kinds are always being attracted to the centres of wealth, which thus develop into centres of art. We observe this through the whole of history; in antiquity, in the Middle Ages and, above all, during the Renaissance in Italy, where the many States and cities vied with each other in fostering cultural life, where palaces, castles and churches were built and decorated by the greatest artists as a result of the liberality of the art-loving princes, whose example was followed by the nobility and the rich merchants. North of the Alps, it was mainly France that came into the foreground in this field. The Duc de Berry was one of the greatest patrons of art of all times. His brother Philip, Duke of Burgundy, and his successors made of their court, which frequently resided in the Southern Netherlands, a centre of culture. Under the Hapsburgs the tradition was conยญ tinued. The Northern Netherlands, which also gradually came to be part of the Burgundian realm (Holland since 1433), at first lagged behind as far as cultural life was concerned, but little by little they caught up with their southern contemporaries. An important factor in the development of the Netherlands was their geographical poยญ sition, which predestined them to become a great commercial centre


Catalogue -- I. The Renaissance Style -- II. The Period of Transition -- III. The Baroque Style -- IV. The Eighteenth Century -- Index of Masters -- Index of Sources of Designs -- Index of Representations

Culture -- Study and teaching Arts Fine arts Cultural and Media Studies Fine Arts Arts


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