This is a publication by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), the Gallery's research institute.
Carved gems have played an important role in the transmission of images since ancient times. The creation, survival, and revival of the craft, from Greece to nineteenth-century Russia, are discussed in this study, which crosses geographical and chronological boundaries. Attention is given to the role of collectors, scholars, and artists who used gems both as a tool for understanding the past and as a source for artistic inspiration.
320 pages, 9 color, 322 b+w | 9 x 11 inches