Maiolica Before Raphael

Elisa P. Sani, Justin Raccanello, Timothy Wilson

Maiolica before the age of Raphael examines the origin of Italian maiolica and its evolution from c. 1350 up until 1500, a period which engendered some of the most rapid and exciting innovations in all ceramic art, before maiolica's better known heyday in the High Renaissance.
Date Published :
June 2017
Publisher :
Paul Holberton Publishing
Language:
English
Illustration :
full color
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781911300205
Pages : 200
Dimensions : 11.8 X 9.6 inches
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$60.00

Overview
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Maiolica before the age of Raphael examines the origin of Italian maiolica and its evolution from c. 1350 up until 1500, a period which engendered some of the most rapid and exciting innovations in all ceramic art, before maiolica’s better known heyday in the High Renaissance.

High Renaissance maiolica, produced in Italy in the orbit of Raphael and other artists, is widely known and has been extensively studied. This istoriato, or narrative, maiolica graces the collections of many of the world’s greatest museums. But not for almost 100 years has attention been focused on magnificent works that preceded it in the 14th and 15th centuries, which were at times prized by contemporary patrons more highly than precious metals.

This new publication refocuses the spotlight of contemporary scholarship onto the birth of design in Italian maiolica, and its evolution from c. 1350 up until 1500. It was during this formative period that its characteristic tin-based glaze, with the pure and brilliant white surface it offered the late-medieval potter, engendered some of the most rapid and exciting innovations in all ceramic art. Potters began to decorate the surfaces of their earthenware vessels (of an increasingly varied spectrum of shapes and forms) with squirming, meticulous designs of unparalleled ingenuity and expression that incorporated multisensory influences from luxury contemporary textiles, metalwork, and exotic lustreware from Islamic Spain. Illustrating and describing in-depth over forty rare objects from the foremost centers of production that have survived in private hands, this catalogue discusses the spread and evolution of the medium, as well as the history of collecting and the changing taste for Italian pre-Renaissance pottery during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

About The Author
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Internationally renowned Italian maiolica scholar

REVIEWS
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"It has been years since such a beautiful, scholarly dealer’s catalogue landed on my desk, and a century since any serious study addressed its subject."

- Apollo

“Magnificent catalog … for all ceramic collectors and lovers: not to miss!”

- VIND, June 2017

"Maiolica Before Raphael is the first of its kind anywhere for a century."

- Country Life

"A scholarly study of late medieval and early Renaissance maiolica, the (largely
overlooked) period when Italian potters first began to experiment with the ceramic ware’s characteristic tin-based glaze and patterns inspired by goods from Islamic Spain"

- Crafts, July/August 2017

"Beautiful photography … informative book"

- World of Interiors, September 2017

"Stunning visually ... celebrate[s] the fired brilliant colours of painted Italian Renaissance tin-glazed earthenware and virtuoso slip-decorated wares ... magnificent illustrations show these colours with unequalled luminosity fixed and frozen in time."

- The Art Newspaper, November 2018

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