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The Art of Stone: Masterpieces from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection

The Art of Stone: Masterpieces from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection

Current price: $14.95
Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
Publisher:
V & A Publishing
ISBN:
9781838510411
Pages:
144
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Description

An incredible insight into the beauty and artistry of objet d'art created from cut-and-polished natural stones
 
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection celebrates some of the most beautiful objects ever made, many in precious materials and often on a small scale. Focusing on 50 exquisite works from the collection, this beautiful little book showcases the decorative art of creating inlay pictorial illusions, small-scale carvings, snuffboxes, and more in cut-and-polished natural stones, often incorporating the widely known technique of pietre dure. Demonstrating remarkable skill and ingenuity, many of the works were commissioned by the powerful Medici family and royal families across Europe as symbols of their power and prestige.
 
With detailed photography and extended captions, The Art of Stone explores the fascinating interplay of craftsmanship with the natural beauty of stones such as amethyst, lapis lazuli, and jasper.

About the Author

Alice Minter is a senior curator of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Sophie Morris is assistant curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Rosie Mills is the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation associate curator of decorative arts and design at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.