Conchophilia : Shells, Art, and Curiosity in Early Modern Europe / Claudia Swan, Marisa Anne Bass, Hanneke Grootenboer, Anne Goldgar.

Bass, Marisa Anne, author., Author,
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2021]
1 online resource (224 pages) : 85 color illustrations.
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De Gruyter University Press Library.

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Collectors and collecting -- Europe -- History.
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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A captivating historical look at the cultural and artistic significance of shells in early modern EuropeAmong nature's most artful creations, shells have long inspired the curiosity and passion of artisans, artists, collectors, and thinkers. Conchophilia delves into the intimate relationship between shells and people, offering an unprecedented account of the early modern era when the influx of exotic shells to Europe fueled their study and representation as never before. From elaborate nautilus cups and shell-encrusted grottoes to delicate miniatures, this richly illustrated book reveals how the love of shells intersected not only with the rise of natural history and global trade but also with philosophical inquiry, issues of race and gender, and the ascent of art-historical connoisseurship.Shells circulated at the nexus of commerce and intellectual pursuit, suggesting new ways of thinking about relationships between Europe and the rest of the world. The authors focus on northern Europe, where the interest and trade in shells had its greatest impact on the visual arts. They consider how shells were perceived as exotic objects, the role of shells in courtly collections, their place in still-life tableaus, and the connections between their forms and those of the human body. They examine how artists gilded, carved, etched, and inked shells to evoke the permeable boundary between art and nature. These interactions with shells shaped the ways that early modern individuals perceived their relation to the natural world, and their endeavors of art and knowledge.Spanning painting and print to architecture and the decorative arts, Conchophilia uncovers the fascinating ways that shells were circulated, depicted, collected, and valued, during a time of remarkable global change.
1 Introduction: For the Love of Shells
Part I Surface Matters
Chapter 1: The Nature of Exotic Shells
Chapter 2: Shells, Bodies, and the Collector's Cabinet
Part II Microworlds of Thought
Chapter 3: Shell Life, or the Unstill Life of Shells
Chapter 4: Thinking with Shells in Petronella Oortman's Dollhouse
Part III The Multiple Experienced
Chapter 5: Shells and Grottoes in Early Modern Germany
Chapter 6: Shells, Prints, and the Discerning Eye
Illustration Credits
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Aug 2021)
Bass, Marisa Anne, contributor., Contributor,
Dickey, Stephanie.
Dickey, Stephanie, contributor., Contributor,
Goldgar, Anne, author., Author,
Goldgar, Anne, contributor., Contributor,
Grasskamp, Anna, contributor., Contributor,
Grasskamp, Anna.
Grootenboer, Hanneke, author., Author,
Grootenboer, Hanneke, contributor., Contributor,
Swan, Claudia, contributor., Contributor,
Watson, Róisín, contributor., Contributor,
Watson, Róisín.
De Gruyter.
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9780691220246 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.