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The art of paper : from the Holy Land to the Americas

Author: Caroline O Fowler
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The untold story of how paper revolutionized art making during the Renaissance, exploring how it shaped broader concepts of authorship, memory, and the transmission of ideas over the course of three centuries. In the late medieval and Renaissance period, paper transformed society-not only through its role in the invention of print but also in the way it influenced artistic production. The Art of Paper tells the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Caroline O Fowler
ISBN: 9780300246025 0300246021
OCLC Number: 1128861423
Description: ix, 174 pages color illustrations 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: a new kind of route --
Tracking paper routes across the early modern world --
Forgetting paper's origins --
The model of loss in late-medieval drawing --
Albrecht Dürer and the geography of paper --
Paper: modernizing the ancient's wax tablet --
Conclusion: Rembrandt and a new paper world.
Responsibility: Caroline Fowler.

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"The untold story of how paper revolutionized art making during the Renaissance, exploring how it shaped broader concepts of authorship, memory, and the transmission of ideas over the course of three centuries. In the late medieval and Renaissance period, paper transformed society-not only through its role in the invention of print but also in the way it influenced artistic production. The Art of Paper tells the history of this medium in the context of the artist's workshop from the thirteenth century, when it was imported to Europe from Africa, to the sixteenth century, when European paper was exported to the colonies of New Spain. In this pathbreaking work, Caroline Fowler approaches the topic culturally rather than technically, deftly exploring the way paper shaped concepts of authorship, preservation, and the transmission of ideas during this period. This book both tells a transcultural history of paper from the Cairo Genizah to the Mesoamerican manuscript and examines how paper became "Europeanized" through the various mechanisms of the watermark, colonization, and the philosophy of John Locke. Ultimately, Fowler demonstrates how paper-as refuse and rags transformed into white surface-informed the works for which it was used, as well as artists' thinking more broadly, across the early modern world"--Publisher.

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"Beautifully argued and illustrated, wide-ranging, and fast-paced, this engaging book prompts us to reconsider paper as a valuable, surprisingly eloquent commodity."-Eileen Reeves, Princeton Read more...

 
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