Art Of The Royal Court: Treasures In Pietre Dure From The Palaces Of Europe (metropolitan Museum Of Art)

45.62 Brand New 5 In stock! Order now!
Brand: Metropolitan Museum of Art
SKU: DADAX0300136722
ISBN : 0300136722

Domestic Shipping:$5.95
International Shipping: Add $20.
Qty: - +
   - OR -   

This beautiful catalogue provides a comprehensive history of pietre dure, a virtuoso form of hardstone carving that reached an artistic peak in Italy in the 16th century and subsequently spread throughout Europe.


The demanding practice of pietre dure, first used in ancient times, enjoyed a spectacular revival in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. By artistic cutting, semiprecious stones—agate, lapis lazuli, chalcedony, and other colorful hardstones—were fashioned into extravagantly designed luxury objects such as table tops, wall panels, cabinets, and ornate display vessels. Both as objects of desire and as diplomatic gifts, these precious creations captivated the affluent societies of Europe. Art of the Royal Court presents 150 masterpieces of pietre dure, many of which are further embellished with gold and silver mounts or decorated with exotic woods and other coveted materials. 

Author : Annamaria Giusti
ISBN : 0300136722
Language : English
No of Pages : 428
Edition : 1st
Publication Date : 7/30/2008
Format/Binding : Hardcover
Book dimensions : 12.3x9.2x1.4
Book weight : 0.05

Write a review

Your Name:

Your Email

Your Review: Note: HTML is not translated!

Rating: Bad           Good

Enter the code in the box below: