1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Global Renaissance Art

Edited By Stephen J. Campbell, Stephanie Porras Copyright 2024
    732 Pages 38 Color & 136 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This companion examines the global Renaissance through object-based case studies of artistic production from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe in the early modern period.

    The international group of contributors take an art historical approach characterized by close analysis of form and meaning as well as function, and a focus on questions of crosscultural dialogue and adaptation. Seeking to de-emphasize the traditional focus on Europe, this book is a critical guide to the literature and the state of the field. Chapters outline new questions and agendas while pushing beyond familiar material. Main themes include workshops, the migrations of artists, objects, technologies, diplomatic gifts, imperial ideologies, ethnicity and indigeneity, sacred spaces and image cults, as well as engaging with the open questions of "the Renaissance" and "the global."

    This will be a useful and important resource for researchers and students alike and will be of interest to scholars working in art history, visual culture, material culture, and Renaissance studies.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license

    PART 1
    Introduction: Teaching the Global Renaissance

    Stephen J. Campbell and Stephanie Porras


    PART 2
    Workshops: Translations of Media and Techniques

    2. The Mechanics of Cultivating Desire: Connecting Early Modern Objects, Artisans, and Workshops

    Nancy Um

    2.1 Between Cairo and China: Design, Paper, and Ottoman Metalwork c. 1500

    Patricia Blessing

    2.2 Your Parcel is on the Way: Netherlandish Carved Altarpieces as Exported Products in the Early Sixteenth Century

    Hannah De Moor

    2.3 Early Modern Artistic Globalization from Colonial Mexico: The Case of Enconchados

    Sonia I. Ocaña Ruiz

    2.4 Nanban Lacquer: Global Styles and Materials in a Japanese Cabinet

    Anton Schweizer

    2.5 The Global Renaissance in Colonial Mexico: The Case of Talavera Poblana Ceramics

    Meha Priyadarshini

    2.6 Material Histories of Whiteness and Jingdezhen Porcelain

    Ellen Huang


    PART 3
    Terminology: Alternative Geographies and Temporalities


    3. The Renaissance, the Revenant: A Hauntology of Art History

    Kristopher W. Kersey

    3.1 Sovereign Time: A Clockwork Art History

    Samuel Frédéric Luterbacher

    3.2 Global Ivories: Cross-Cultural Appropriations, Dialogues, and (Dis)Connected Art Histories between Europe and South Asia

    Zoltán Biedermann

    3.3 Palermo’s Renaissance Misfit

    Elizabeth Kassler-Taub

    3.4 Materials and Medallions: Picturing Global Objects from Early Modern Paris

    Katherine Baker

    3.5 A Global Experiment in Printing: The Circulation of the Nestorian Stele from Xi’an

    Devin Fitzgerald

    3.6 Decentering the Renaissance: Afro-Eurasian Itineraries of Mamluk Metalwork

    Vera-Simone Schulz

    3.7 Otter Offerings: Indigenous Art History and Extractive Ecologies in the Circumpolar North

    Bart Pushaw


    PART 4
    Transregional Emulations/Rethinking Empire


    4. The Mimetics and Discontents of Empire

    Aaron M. Hyman

    4.1 Sigismund III of Poland, Persian Carpets, and the Pitfalls of Provenience

    Tomasz Grusiecki

    4.2 The Mughal Imperial Image between Manuscript and Print

    Yael Rice

    4.3 Saved by Medusa: The Medici Moor from the Bargello to the Met Breuer

    Mahnaz Yousefzadeh

    4.4 Benin Ivory Pendant Pair: Honoring an Ambitious Mother

    Kathy Curnow

    4.5 The Art of the Book in Early Modern Kashmir: The Case of an Illuminated Manuscript of Dīwān-i Hāfiz

    Hakim Sameer Hamdani and Mehran Qureshi

    4.6 Forging Cultural Universes in the Mediterranean Renaissance: Altarpieces in Sardinia, Prints by Raphael, and Connections with the Flemish and Spanish Worlds

    Maria Vittoria Spissu


    PART 5
    Literary and material poetics

    5. Literary and Material Poetics

    David Roxburgh


    5.1 Renaissance as Refreshment in the Mughal Empire: The Floral Carpets of Lehore and the Tarz-i Taza (Fresh Style) in Seventeenth-Century South Asia

    Sylvia Houghteling

    5.2 Iranian Blue-and-White Ceramic Vessels and Tombstones Inscribed with Persian Verses, c. 1450–1725

    Yui Kanda

    5.3 How to Read a Chinese Painting in a European Book

    Dawn Odell

    5.4 I Was Made from Earth: A Rhineland Archeological Discovery, 1572

    Allison Steilau

    5.5A Painting of a Painting and a Boy on a Bottle: Thresholds of Image in Early Modern Iran

    Margaret Graves

    5.6 The Global Air: Atmospherics in Chinese Ink Painting in the Seventeenth Century

    Lihong Liu


    PART 6
    Translating the sacred

    6. Introduction to Translating the Sacred

    Kelli Wood

    6.1 Space, Time, and Power in an Ethiopian Icon, ca. 1500

    Verena Krebs

    6.2 The Cotinga and the Hummingbird: Material Mobilities in the Early Colonial Featherwork of New Spain

    Allison Caplan

    6.3 Goa Dourada: The Tomb of St. Francis Xavier in Portuguese India

    Rachel Miller


    6.4 Pilgrims and Their Objects as Agents of Cultural Hybridization: The English Alabaster Altarpiece of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

    Zuleika Murat

    6.5 Angels in a New Dimension: Christian Tapestries and the Southern Andean Religious Tradition

    Maya Stanfield-Mazzi

    6.6 Itinerant Sephardic Judaica: From Dutch ports to the Harbors of Europe and the Americas

    Simona di Nepi

    6.7 Recounting Beads of History in the Conception of the Image of Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval, Manila

    Regalado Trota José

    6.8 A Last Judgment Print from Flanders: Paths of Michelangelo towards Spanish America

    Agustina Rodríguez Romero

    6.9 Visualizing Faith: The Emerald Buddha in Fifteenth-Century Northern Thailand

    Melody Rod-ari


    PART 7
    Constructed Spaces and Perspectives

    7. Introduction: Constructed Spaces and Perspectives

    Barbara E. Mundy


    7.1 Towers, Travel, and Architectural Habits

    Tom Nickson


    7.2 The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of Black People in Salvador (Brazil), and the Enslaved Painter António Telles at Olinda

    Giuseppina Raggi

    7.3A Mobile Shrine: The Global Cult of the Santa Casa

    Erin Giffin and Antongiulio Sorgini

    7.4 The Great Mosque of Kilwa: An Architectural Lodestone

    Janet Marion Purdy

    7.5 Beijing and Beyond: Imperial Landscapes and Early Modern Cosmopolitan Rulership in Qing-Era Eurasia

    Stephen H. Whiteman



    Stephen J. Campbell is Henry and Elizabeth Wiesenfeld Professor in the Department of the History of Art at The Johns Hopkins University.

    Stephanie Porras is Chair of the Newcomb Art Department and Professor of Art History at Tulane University.