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Seminar: Rembrandt Duits, Renaissance Art and Material Culture, London, Warburg Institute, 28 June — 2 July 2021

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Keywords
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Biography
Life histories
Memoirs
History--Biography
Biographies
Western art (Western countries)
Arts, Fine
Fine arts
Iconography
Art, Visual
Arts, Visual
Occidental art
Visual arts
Art
Art, Occidental
Art, Western (Western countries)
Revival of letters
Renaissance--History
Renaissance
Renaissance--Europe

Abstract

As a boy, the Basle physician Felix Platter (1536-1614) once got in trouble for loitering at a market stall to admire some biscuit moulds. When recalling the episode in his memoirs, Platter described the carved wooden biscuit moulds as "works of art". The anecdote raises the question: if, around the middle of the sixteenth century, an educated person such as Platter could perceive biscuit moulds as "art", what else could be? This course seeks to formulate an answer. Focussing on the period 13...

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