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Throughout history people all over the world have made three-dimensional, small-scale models of their own and others’ material culture. The miniature format can seem easily comprehensible, yet as selective interpretations of reality, models hide complex choices of design and ideology. This...
When the Musée du Luxembourg was founded in 1818, it was conceived as a museum for contemporary paintings by French artists whose work had been acquired by the state. It was rooted in a patriotic attitude and did not concern itself with foreign art. During the second half of the century,...
From the fourteenth century until the end of the eighteenth century, almost every town of the Kingdom of Naples had one or more Seggi where the main families used to meet in order to take decisions about the city governement. The Seggi were also the preferred places for locating antiquities and...
This article examines the primary accounts of the findspot of an 8-foot-tall bronze statue, usually identified as the Emperor Trebonianus Gallus, now residing at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. It identifies a previously-unrecognized source as the origin of the story of the statue’s...
In 1955 the notable American politician and art collector, Nelson A. Rockefeller, commissioned a tapestry after Pablo Picasso’s canonical 1937 painting, Guernica. Not only did the Guernica tapestry catalyze Rockefeller’s significant collection of hand-woven tapestries reproducing Picasso...
In the 1540s, Francesco Primaticcio created a group of large-scale bronze statues for the French king, François I. These statues were copied after famous marble antiques in Roman collections, especially the Belvedere statue court. The display history of the bronzes at Fontainebleau follows a...
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