1st Edition

Displaying Art in the Early Modern Period Exhibiting Practices and Exhibition Spaces

Edited By Pamela Bianchi Copyright 2023
    180 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    From aesthetic promenades in noble palaces to the performativity of religious apparatus, this edited volume reconsiders some of the events, habits and spaces that contributed to defining exhibition practices and shaping the imagery of the exhibition space in the early modern period.

    The contributors encourage connections between art history, exhibition studies, and architectural history, and explore micro-histories and long-term changes in order to open new perspectives for studying these pioneering exhibition-making practices. Aiming to understand what spaces have done and still do to art, the book explores an underdeveloped area in the field that has yet to trace its interdisciplinary nature and understand its place in the history of art.

    The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, museum studies, exhibition history, and architectural history.

    PART 1. Introduction

    1. Reason for a Research

    Pamela Bianchi

    PART 2. Public Spaces

    2. Trading Spaces: the display practices of an early modern auction in Edinburgh

    Antonia Laurence-Allen

    3. The Discourse of the Salon

    Isabelle Piquet

    4. Royal Spectacles & Social Networks: Early 18th-Century Salon Exhibition Practices

    Mandy Paige-Lovingood

    PART 3. Domestic Spaces

    5. Exhibition Design, Display Strategies, and Aesthetic Promenades to the Court of Gonzaga

    Pamela Bianchi

    6. ‘A Treasure of Riches and Curiosities’ Politics of Display at the Garde-meuble de la Couronne, 1680-1789

    Barbara Lasic

    7. The Display of Metalwork in North European Domestic Spaces in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

    Hila Manor

    PART 4. Religious and Political Spaces

    8. Displaying Art in a Sacred Space: The Artworks for the Triunfo of St. Ferdinand in Seville Cathedral (1671)

    Carmen González-Román

    9. The Ephemeral Façade of Cardinal de Solis’s Palace: Aesthetics and Politics in 18th Century Rome

    Ginevra Odone


    Pamela Bianchi is an art historian and a professor in history of art and design at the ESAD in Toulon. Since 2013, Pamela has been an affi liated researcher of the lab AI- AC at the Paris 8 University.