Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints into Maiolica and Bronze, Exhibition Catalog

Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints into Maiolica and Bronze, Exhibition Catalog

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Jamie Gabbarelli with contributions by Jonathan Bober

Accompanying the National Gallery of Art exhibition Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints into Maiolica and Bronze, this catalog is the first full-length study into the multifarious influence of Renaissance prints on maiolica and bronze. Inspired by the Gallery's acquisition of the important William A. Clark collection of maiolica (glazed Italian ceramics) from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and drawing largely on the newly expanded holdings, it offers a vivid introduction to a critical aspect of Renaissance art and the transmission over great distances of time and geography of some of the period's most famous images.


Focusing on designs by major artists such as Andrea Mantegna, Antonio del Pollaiuolo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Parmigianino, and Albrecht Dürer, the book tells the story of how printed images were transmitted, transformed, and translated onto ceramics and small bronze reliefs, creating a shared visual canon across artistic media and geographical boundaries.


Prized by princes and popes, and collected by scholars and diplomats, brightly painted maiolica and minutely crafted bronze reliefs are among the most beautiful and intriguing objects produced in the period. They are also among the least familiar, even to lovers of early modern art. Although seemingly unrelated and usually exhibited in isolation, ceramics and bronzes are in fact bound by the complex network of connections they share with prints and illustrated books.


Sharing Images provides a comprehensive introduction to different aspects of the phenomenon, from the role of 15th-century prints and the rediscovery of ancient art to the importance of illustrated books and the artistic exchanges between Italy and northern Europe.

  • Hardcover
  • 10 x 8.5 inches
  • 144 pages, 86 color illustrations
  • Published: 2018

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