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Gothic Ivory Sculpture: Content and Context




Edited by Catherine Yvard

  • Elisabeth Antoine-König
  • Katherine Eve Baker
  • Camille Broucke
  • Jack Hartnell
  • Franz Kirchweger
  • Juliette Levy-Hinstin
  • Christian Nikolaus Opitz
  • Stephen Perkinson
  • Naomi Speakman
  • Michele Tomasi
  • Catherine Yvard

The study of Gothic ivory carving has been given a new impetus in recent years through the launch in 2010 of the Gothic Ivories Project at The Courtauld Institute of Art. Showcasing this recent research, the present volume includes papers from two conferences organised by the Project in partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum (2012) and the British Museum (2014).

The opening section of papers places the objects in their original context through close material examination, iconographic and stylistic analysis, and use of primary sources, with a focus on the 13th and 14th century. The second section turns to the late 15th and early 16th century when the production of ivory carvings, while still adhering to some older models, undergoes changes and ventures into new territories, both in terms of function and iconography. The final section offers a rich panorama of the particular taste for ivory developed by collectors all over Europe in the 19th and early 20th century. Finally, a thought-provoking epilogue addresses the question of gothic ivory sculpture in the age of digitisation and 3D printing.



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Part One
Production and uses: thirteenth to fourteenth century

A Flagellation Scene Reunited: a Reassessment of EarlyFourteenth-Century Ivory Altarpieces and Tabernacula
Elisabeth Antoine-König, Juliette Levy-Hinstin

Made in Cologne: New Perspectives on the Kremsmünster Workshop

Michele Tomasi

[pdf] Buying, Gifting, Storing: Ivory Virgins in Documentary Sources from Late Medieval Central Europe
Christian Nikolaus Opitz

Part Two
Ivory carving in transition: late fifteenth to early sixteenth century

Translated Images: from Print to Ivory in the Late Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Century
Catherine Yvard

La Chambre aux dentz d’yvoire’: an Introduction to theInventory of Chicart Bailly
Katherine Eve Baker

Anatomical Impulses in Sixteenth-Century Memento MoriIvories
Stephen Perkinson

Part Three
Ivory and the collector: nineteenth to twentieth century

Gothic and Late Medieval Ivories from the Collection of ClemensWenceslaus Count of Renesse-Breidbach
Franz Kirchweger

‘A Great Harvest’: the Acquisition of William Maskell’s Ivory Collection by the British Museum
Naomi Speakman

On Paul Thoby, the Musee Dobree and Medieval Ivories
Camille Broucke

Epilogue: Touching ivory online
Jack Hartnell


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