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Item Number: 149772
Title: The Roman Courtesan : Archaeological Reflections of a Literary Topos
Author: Berg, Ria ; Richard Neudecker (eds)
Record created on 01/21/2019
Description: Roma: Quasar, 2018. 30cm., pbk., 248pp. illus.
Contents: Ria Berg, Introduction- Unveiling Roman courtesans || Thomas A.J. McGinn, Courtesans in the Roman legal sources || Alison Keith, Historical Roman courtesans || Antonio Varone, Pupa, puella, domina. Tracce di cortigiane nella documentazione pompeiana? || Sharon L. James, The life course of the Roman courtesan || Marja-Leena Hänninen, The image of a well-born lady as a prostitute. The cases of Clodia, Julia and Messalina || Pia Mustonen, Influential mistresses in the imperial dynasties of first-century Rome- Claudia Acte and Antonia Caenis || Irene Bragantini, Quadretti con coppie su klinai dalla Villa della Farnesina || Richard Neudecker, Beauties from a distant world. On portrait galleries of Hellenistic hetairai in several houses of Pompeii || Luciana Jacobelli, Pitture di banchetto con presenze femminili nelle case di Pompei- alcune considerazioni || Ville Hakanen, A perfect scenary for male courtesans? Ganymede in two Pompeian wall paintings || Anna Fidele - Donato Labate, Instrumentum con scene erotiche da tombe femminili di età romana || Ria Berg, Furnishing the courtesan's house. Material culture and elite prostitution in Pompeii || Siri Sande, Prostitutes and entertainers at Rome. Did they leave memories of themeselves?.
(Acta Instituti Romani Finlandiae, 46)
Item Number: 148754
Title: Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa
Author: Berzock, Kathleen Bickford
Record created on 04/24/2018
Description: Princeton: Princeton University Press, in association with the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 2019. 28cm., hardcover, 312pp., 192 color illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: The Sahara Desert was a thriving crossroads of exchange for West Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe in the medieval period. Fueling this exchange was West African gold, prized for its purity and used for minting currencies and adorning luxury objects such as jewelry, textiles, and religious objects. Caravans made the arduous journey by camel southward across the Sahara carrying goods for trade—glass vessels and beads, glazed ceramics, copper, books, and foodstuffs, including salt, which was obtained in the middle of the desert. Northward, the journey brought not only gold but also ivory, animal hides and leatherwork, spices, and captives from West Africa forced into slavery. Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time draws on the latest archaeological discoveries and art historical research to construct a compelling look at medieval trans-Saharan exchange and its legacy. Contributors from diverse disciplines present case studies that form a rich portrayal of a distant time. Topics include descriptions of key medieval cities around the Sahara; networks of exchange that contributed to the circulation of gold, copper, and ivory and their associated art forms; and medieval glass bead production in West Africa’s forest region. The volume also reflects on Morocco’s Gnawa material culture, associated with descendants of West African slaves, and movements of people across the Sahara today. Featuring a wealth of color images, this fascinating book demonstrates how the rootedness of place, culture, and tradition is closely tied to the circulation of people, objects, and ideas. These “fragments in time” offer irrefutable evidence of the key role that Africa played in medieval history and promote a new understanding of the past and the present.
Item Number: 148267
Title: CIMABUE and the Franciscans
Author: Flora, Holly
Record created on 03/06/2018
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Description: Turnhout: Harvey Miller, 2019. 28cm., hardcover, 287pp., 192 color illus.
Summary: Cimabue and the Franciscans sheds new light on the legendary artist Cimabue, revealing his sophisticated engagement with complicated intellectual and theological ideas about materials, memory, beauty, and experience. This book offers a fresh look at the broader question of artistic change in the late thirteenth century by examining the intersection of two histories: that of the artist Cimabue (ca. 1240-1302), and that of the Franciscan Order. While focused on the work of a single artist, this study sheds new light on the religious motives and artistic means that fueled the period’s visual and spiritual transformations. Flora’s study reveals that Cimabue was not just a crucial figure in processes of stylistic change. He and his Franciscan patrons engaged with complicated intellectual and theological ideas about materials, memory, beauty, and experience, creating innovative works of art that celebrated the Order and enabled new modes of Christian devotion. Cimabue’s contributions to the history of art thus can finally be recognized for their wide-ranging scope and impact within the rapidly-evolving religious culture of the late thirteenth century.
Contents: Part I: Transformations at Assisi. Chapter 1:New Light on Cimabue's White. Chapter 2: Sensory Engagement and Contemplative Transformation: The Assisi Transepts. Chapter 3: The Virgin Made Church: The Marian Apse and Evangelists' Vault at Assisi. Part II: Art, Memory and Experience. Chapter 4: Place and Memory: The Franciscan Maestà. Chapter 5: Word and Paint Made Flesh: Cimabue's Santa Croce Crucifix. Chapter 6: Pictures, Words, and the Imagination in Cimabue's Vita Christi. Epilogue: Last Transformations in Pisa.
(Renovatio Artium, 4.)
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