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A Medieval Grain Market and Confraternity
Orsanmichele had a vibrant life in the centuries before the majestic fourteenth-century loggia was built. This work provides a new narrative for Orsanmichele in the era before the Renaissance. Volume One explores Orsanmichele from the twelfth century as the locus of prominent Florentine families who worked to develop a communal government, commercial enterprises, and a strong judiciary. It traces the history of the piazza and its church, which became a center for governmental actions. It examines the emergence of a court system that eventually served the larger city, and a monastery that fought for its existence as the commune grew. This Volume Two examines Orsanmichele from the mid-thirteenth century, as the piazza transformed into the city’s grain market, which fed the entire population daily. It considers the market’s tandem confraternity, with its stunning Madonnas over three successive loggias, which became among the most successful of Florentine institutions. This work examines the grain market and confraternity from a social, economic, political, and artistic perspective. It provides extensive data on the Florentine grain trade, daily sales at the market, and the nexus between traders, political leaders, and the confraternity. In all, the two volumes suggest that the developments at Orsanmichele during the medieval period formed the basis for the Renaissance structure so well known today.
A Complex Relationship
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Colours make the map: they affect the map’s materiality, content, and handling. With a wide range of approaches, 14 case studies from various disciplines deal with the colouring of maps from different geographical regions and periods. Connected by their focus on the (hand)colouring of the examined maps, the authors demonstrate the potential of the study of colour to enhance our understanding of the material nature and production of maps and the historical, social, geographical and political context in which they were made.

Contributors are: Diana Lange, Benjamin van der Linde, Jörn Seemann, Tomasz Panecki, Chet van Duzer, Marian Coman, Anne Christine Lien, Juliette Dumasy-Rabineau, Nadja Danilenko, Sang-hoon Jang, Anna Boroffka, Stephanie Zehnle, Haida Liang, Sotiria Kogou, Luke Butler, Elke Papelitzky, Richard Pegg, Lucia Pereira Pardo, Neil Johnston, Rose Mitchell, and Annaleigh Margey.
In a new approach to Goethe's “Faust I”, Evanghelia Stead extensively discusses Moritz Retzsch's twenty-six outline prints (1816) and how their spin-offs made the unfathomable play available to larger reader communities through copying and extensive distribution circuits, including bespoke gifts. The images amply transformed as they travelled throughout Europe and overseas, revealing differences between countries and cultures but also their pliability and resilience whenever remediated.
This interdisciplinary investigation evidences the importance of print culture throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in nations involved in competition and conflict. Retzsch's foundational set crucially engenders parody, and inspires the stage, literature, and three-dimensional objects, well beyond common perceptions of print culture's influence.

This study was facilitated by the Institut Universitaire de France / IUF. .
Eastern and Western Sociocultural Perspectives
Series:  FOKUS, Volume: 10
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The essays cover a broad scope of issues relating to individual identity strategies and art collecting in the late modern era, encompassing the history of museums, exhibition policy, art market history, history of taste shaping and provenance research. They create a comparative pan-European perspective of the collecting phenomenon in its various facets. The detailed analysis of the individual cases shows how collecting mirrored the social problems of the late modern era. The book adresses issues such as the socio-cultural role of ethnic minorities, the question of women's emancipation, social exclusion versus inclusion, colonialism or the politicisation of museums. When analysed in the context of private collections, these issues gain clarity and simultaneously demonstrate the complexity of cultural processes, which are still not sufficiently recognised.
Studies of Mimesis and Materials in Nature, Art and Science
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Mimesis or imitation comes in many forms, from animal and plant mimicry to artistic copies ‘from life’. This book offers eighteen essays addressing mimesis from diverse perspectives. From the recreation of galaxies to Iron Age torcs, from counterfeit dragons to modern waxworks, each chapter explores facets of material mimesis from prehistory to the present day. The Matter of Mimesis invites readers to compare practices of imitating, faking, and synthesising materials and objects in nature, art and science, raising questions about skills, techniques and politics of making that transcend historical and disciplinary boundaries and inform both our past and future worlds.
In: The Matter of Mimesis