Blood, Milk, Ink, Gold
Abundance and Excess in the French Renaissance
Throughout the book, abundance and excess flow in liquids-blood, milk, ink, and gold-that highlight the materiality of objects and the human body, and explore the value (and values) accorded to them. The arts of the lavish royal court at Fontainebleau and in urban centers are here explored in a vibrant tableau that illuminates our own contemporary relationship to excess and desire.
From marvelous works by Francois Clouet to oversexed ornamental prints to Benvenuto Cellini's golden saltcellar fashioned for Francis I, Blood, Milk, Ink, Gold covers an astounding range of subjects with precision and panache, producing the most lucid, well-rounded portrait of the cultural politics of the French Renaissance to date.
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Renaissance. Linking Italian artists and French court society to ceramics,
print culture and the economy of sixteenth-century Europe, this book provides a
fresh, interdisciplinary approach to a place and period of great fascination. It
should be essential reading for art historians and historians alike and all
those who are interested in the inter-relationships between visual and material
objects and the social worlds in which they were created."