At Home in Renaissance Italy

Ajmar-Wollheim, Marta and Dennis, Flora, eds. (2006) At Home in Renaissance Italy. V&A Publications (Exhibition Catalogue). ISBN 9781851774883

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Item Type: Edited Book
Additional Information: This book and the exhibition of the same name were the principal outcomes of a research project on the Italian Renaissance domestic interior, funded by a Getty Foundation Collaborative Research Grant (£169,000), and supported by the AHRC Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Marta Ajmar-Wollheim and Flora Dennis acted in concert as co-curators of the exhibition, co-editors of the book and co-organisors of the seminars and symposia. They also worked together to organise and lead a team of 11 scholars who contributed subject expertise from a variety of disciplines and influenced the scope and structure of both exhibition and book. Final decisions about which topics and authors to include in the book were made jointly by the editors. They shared responsibility for editing the book, co-wrote the introduction and each contributed chapters and catalogue entries. Most research visits to museum collections to consider objects for inclusion in the exhibition were made jointly, however, Dennis¿s interests in music and in popular prints led to independent work in Milan and Bologna. This resulted in the selection of objects for the exhibition section devoted to music in the home. Dennis also concentrated on domestic account books and inventories in the State Archives of Florence and Venice, and printed collections of poetry and of conduct literature in London, Florence, Bologna and Venice. This research contributed directly to the creation of contextual displays of objects based on empirical evidence, for example, by confirming the presence of low chairs next to fireplaces, or of folding tables in the sala. Dennis also played a primary role in forging the collaboration with the musical ensemble Trictilla and Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, who funded new recordings of appropriate music to play in the exhibition.
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Art History
Depositing User: Flora Dennis
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:31
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2012 12:16
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