The Art of Commodities: Medieval Venice

16.04.2019, Vortrag, Williamstown

Lecture by Philippe Cordez, currently Mellon Decade Fellow

Since the twelfth century, Europe has seen a steady increase of highly specialized objects produced in large quantities, involving a variety of materials, techniques, ornaments, images, and functions, the very first of which was to be sold. The lecture focuses on the case of medieval Venice in order to address the complexities of this art of commodities that remain a challenge for today’s art history.

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