Today Renaissance-era prints are typically preserved behind
glass or in solander boxes in museums, but these decorative objects
were once a central part of everyday life. "Altered and Adorned "is
a delightful, surprising look at how prints were used: affixed on
walls; glued into albums, books, and boxes; annotated;
hand-colored; or cut apart.
This handsome volume introduces readers to the experimental
world of printmaking in the mid-15th and 16th centuries and the
array of objects it inspired, from illustrated books, sewing
patterns, and wearable ornaments to printed sundials and anatomical
charts. It features many never-before-published treasures from the
Art Institute of Chicago's rich permanent collection, along with
essays on the ways prints functioned--in some cases as
three-dimensional and interactive works--and how their condition
communicates their use.
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