Jewelry - The Body Transformed - the exhibition catalogue from The Metropolitan Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Jewelry - The Body Transformed

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'The lushly illustrated exhibition catalogue includes some fine, informative essays by Met curators, among them Beth Carver Wees on the history of parures and John Guy on the relationship between representations of Hindu gods and the jewels that adorn them. . . .that the volume exists at all is worthy of praise'  - Introspective Magazine

A beautiful book about jewellery from the past 5,000 years

As an art form, jewelry is defined primarily through its connection to and interaction with the body--extending it, amplifying it, accentuating it, distorting it, concealing it, or transforming it. But how is the meaning of jewelry bound to the body that wears it?

Establishing six different modes of ornamenting the body--Deconstructed, Divine, Regal, Idealized, Alluring, and Resplendent--this artfully designed book accompanying an exhibition at the Met Musem illustrates how these various definitions of the body give meaning to the jewelry that adorns it. More than 200 examples of exceptional jewelry and ornaments, created across the globe from antiquity to the present, are shown alongside paintings and sculptures of bejeweled bodies to demonstrate the social, political, and aesthetic role of jewelry.

From earflares of warrior heroes in Pre-Columbian Peru to designs by Yves Saint-Laurent, these precious and most intimate works of art provide insight not only about the wearer but also into the designers, artisans, and cultures that produced them.
  • Author: Melanie Holcomb, curator in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters
  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Date published: October 2018
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1588396501
  • Product Dimensions: 31.6 x 23.9 cm

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