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The world in play : luxury cards, 1430-1540

Author: Timothy Husband; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: New York : The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Haven : Distributed by Yale University Press, [2015] [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the 15th and 16th centuries, card playing was widely enjoyed at all levels of society. The cards in this engaging volume are unique works of art that illuminate the transition from late medieval to early modern Europe, a period of tumultuous social, artistic, economic, and religious change. Included in this publication are still- surviving luxury decks of hand-painted European playing cards, hand-colored  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogues
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Husband; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN: 9781588396082 1588396088
OCLC Number: 923796117
Notes: Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, January 20, 2015 - April 17, 2016.
Description: 135 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Luxury cards 1430-1540
Responsibility: Timothy B. Husband.

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"In the 15th and 16th centuries, card playing was widely enjoyed at all levels of society. The cards in this engaging volume are unique works of art that illuminate the transition from late medieval to early modern Europe, a period of tumultuous social, artistic, economic, and religious change. Included in this publication are still- surviving luxury decks of hand-painted European playing cards, hand-colored woodblock cards, engraved cards, and tarot packs, all which illustrate diverse characters ranging from royals to commoners. This is the only study of its kind in English, and the only one in a generation in any language. The insightful narrative by Timothy B. Husband discusses the significance of playing cards in the secular art of the period and recounts the varied stories they tell. Colorful, often humorous, sometimes scatological, these cards provide a unique glimpse into the lives, attitudes, and customs of those who played with them."--Publisher's description.

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