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This study examines five impressive multi-block woodcut prints of the early sixteenth century as a phenomenon that deserves investigation. How did such elaborate prints come into being, who was involved, what techniques were employed, and what…


The examples of opera houses in the following chapters demonstrate developments and changes in opera house design that improved acoustics through their use of varied materials, interior decorations, and differing ground plans. This study begins with…


The practice of adorning libraries with uomini illustri—a series of portraits of scholars, poets, or other exemplary figures—dates back to antiquity, and the frequent use of this motif in Renaissance libraries of all types and affiliations was a…


Orderly rows of plants painted with botanical specificity by Vittore Carpaccio (c. 1460-1525/6 CE) were observed along the lower edges of several paintings within the cycle portraying the Legend of Saint Ursula, commissioned by the Scuola di Sant'…


In Venice, a city known for its splendor and luxury, gold took many forms; its value and importance to the Republica and the world of Venetian art cannot be overlooked. By investigating the various aspects of the market for this precious metal in…