Humanists and Bookbinders: The Origins and Diffusion of Humanistic Bookbinding, 1459-1559 (Paperback)

Humanists and Bookbinders: The Origins and Diffusion of Humanistic Bookbinding, 1459-1559 By Anthony Hobson Cover Image

Humanists and Bookbinders: The Origins and Diffusion of Humanistic Bookbinding, 1459-1559 (Paperback)

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When it was first published in 1990, this book was an important study (the first for over sixty years) of north Italian and Parisian bindings by a distinguished authority who has elegantly considered the twin claims of ornament and patronage. The decorative possibilities of book binding were transformed during the third quarter of the fifteenth century through the work of antiquaries and scribes centred in Padua. Gilt-tooled elements taken from Islamic bookbindings and metal work, antique monuments and inscriptions and classical gems were adapted to create a new style. Italian men of letters and collectors enthusiastic for the New Learning carried the Paduan fashion to Central and Northern Europe, and Francis I's respect for learning and the patronage of two successive kings kindled a final blaze of creative brilliance in sixteenth-century France.
Product Details ISBN: 9781107404762
ISBN-10: 1107404762
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: July 19th, 2012
Pages: 324
Language: English