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MOVING PICTURES: INTRA-EUROPEAN TRADE IN IMAGES, 16TH-18TH CENTURIES. Ed. by Neil De Marchi and Sophie Raux. Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, 2014. Studies in European Urban History (1100-1800), 34. 340 pp. with 66 ills. 26 x 18 cm. ISBN 9782503548081 In English.
Publisher's description: This collection focuses overtly on the internal dynamics and links between art markets in the early modern period, but presupposes that art objects--here visual images--are objects of desire. During this period, however, desire changed; a great deal more of these objects came to be made for ordinary domestic consumption, including devotional purposes, than as tokens of the magnificence, piety, cultivation or learning of individual commissioners. Probably most still were commissioned, but to satisfy tastes that, though differentiated internationally, were widely shared within one country or region. Most too were commissioned at a distance, by agents, and were moved between maker and end-point distributor by specialized traders, many of whom, though far from all, were large-scale operators. The dominant focus of contributors here therefore is on the agents of this distance trade, its mechanisms and its impacts in terms of both satisfying and subtly shaping tastes, all at a range of prices.
Indexing: Western, Europe — 1400-1600, 1600-1800 — Painting, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 162737
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