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Renaissance Venice was a multicultural metropolis at the intersection of trade routes linking Europe to the Islamic World, with pigments, spices, and luxury objects flowing through the city. Discover a sensory world of more than 110 objects, including Venetian ceramics and glass, Islamic metalware, and contemporary art. Plan your visit now!
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Presenting Programs Sponsor
The Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Free online program
Dr. Marta Amjar, Head of Postgraduate Programmes at the V&A, will engage with a little-explored chapter of Italian Renaissance artisanal expertise: pottery glazes which allowed earth to ‘transubstantiate’ into more prestigious materials, such as serpentine, porphyry and lapislazuli.
Endowing earthenware with stone-like effects, these novel productions—designed for the studiolo, the table, or as domestic ornaments—will be used to foreground Renaissance pottery as a technology of trans-material and transcultural connectivity. Drawing on recipe books, treatises, and surviving artefacts, Dr. Amjar will showcase this ware as technological innovations emerging from the encounter between different cultural contexts across Eurasia and revealing the potter as a material knower.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Marta Ajmar is Head of Postgraduate Programmes at the V&A. She is a museum-based historian and curator of Renaissance and Early Modern material culture and design interested in artisanal knowledge, histories, and practices of making, and in experiential pedagogies for higher education. She is currently completing a monograph (supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship) exploring material mimesis in Italian Renaissance artefacts by examining cross-culturally practices of material imitation and reinvention and the role of artisans as material knowers.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Renaissance Venice was a multicultural metropolis where migration and mobility shaped the daily lives of its inhabitants. Its position at the crossroads of trade routes linking Europe to the Islamic World brought a continuous flow of commodities like pigments, spices, and luxury objects. In the homes of Venetians, these imported goods complemented locally-made products like maiolica, or tin-glazed earthenware. Renaissance Venice: Life and Luxury at the Crossroads recreates a sensory world of objects, from Chinese porcelain and Islamic metalware to Venetian textiles and glass. Learn more
Exhibition Supporting Sponsor
Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Official Paint Sponsor
This exhibition includes objects generously provided by the Royal Ontario Museum.
Header: Marbled slipware dish (WA1888.CDEF.C440). © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
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