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Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe

Various authors
2019
308 pages
300 illustrations
9.50 x 11.70 in.
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Featuring more than 150 treasures from several of the world’s most prestigious collections, Making Marvels explores the vital intersection of art, technology, and political power at the courts of early modern Europe. It was there, from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, that a remarkable outpouring of creativity and learning gave rise to exquisite objects that were at once beautiful works of art and technological wonders. By amassing vast, glittering collections of these ingeniously crafted objects, princes flaunted their wealth and competed for mastery over the known world. More than mere status symbols, however, many of these marvels ushered in significant advancements that have had a lasting influence on astronomy, engineering, and even international politics. Incisive texts by leading scholars situate these works within the rich, complex symbolism of life at court, where science and splendor were pursued with equal vigor and together contributed to a culture of magnificence.

Met Art in Publication

Kettle Drums, Franz Peter Bundsen  Hanoverian (German), Silver, iron, calfskin, textiles, gilding,, Hanoverian (German)
1780
Fountain with the coats-of-arms of Ernest Augustus, bishop of Osnabrück and duke of York surmounted by a lion, Lewin Dedecke  German, Silver, German, Hanover
ca. 1720
Basin with the coats-of-arms of Ernest Augustus, bishop of Osnabrück and duke of York, Lewin Dedecke  German, Silver, German, Hanover
ca. 1710
Fountain with the coats-of-arms of Ernest Augustus, bishop of Osnabrück and duke of York surmounted by a unicorn, Johann Wilhelm Voigt I  German, Silver, German, Osnabrück
ca. 1716–25
Basin with the coats-of-arms of Ernest Augustus, bishop of Osnabrück and duke of York, Lewin Dedecke  German, Silver, German, Osnabrück
ca. 1716–25
Cuirass and Tassets (Torso and Hip Defense), Kolman Helmschmid  German, Steel, leather, German, Augsburg
ca. 1510–20
Platter, Bernard Palissy  French, Lead-glazed earthenware, French, Paris
last quarter 16th century
Vanitas Still Life, Jacques de Gheyn II  Netherlandish, Oil on wood
1603
The Rhinoceros, Albrecht Dürer  German, Woodcut
1515
Ewer in the form of an ostrich and basin, Marx Weinold  German, Silver, partially gilded, German, Augsburg
ca. 1689–92
Dialogo dell'Imprese Militari et Amorose, Gabriel Symeoni  Italian, Woodcut
Multiple artists/makers
1574
Casket, Michel Redlin  German, Amber, gold foil, gilt brass, wood, silk satin, paper, German, Danzig (Gdansk)
ca. 1680
Ewer and stand (présentoir), Martin Gizl  Austrian, Alpine ibex horn, gold and gilded copper, Austrian, Salzburg
1758
Goa Stone and Gold Case, Container: gold; pierced, repoussé, with cast legs and finials<br/>Goa stone: compound of organic and inorganic materials
late 17th–early 18th century
Covered jar, Earthenware, burnished, with white paint and silver leaf, Mexican
Mexican
ca. 1675–1700
Covered jar, Earthenware, burnished, with white paint and silver leaf, Mexican
Mexican
ca. 1675–1700
Chess and goose game board, Ebony, ebonized wood, ivory, horn, gold wire, India, Gujarat
India, Gujarat
late 16th century
Chess and tric-trac game board, Wood, ivory, bone, mother-of-pearl, German
German
ca. 1550
Chess and backgammon game board, Georg Schreiber  German, Amber, ivory, brass, gold foil, ebony, German, Königsberg (Kaliningrad, Russia)
17th century
Tankard, Silver: gilded, cast, embossed, engraved, and chased; rock crystal, garnets, Bohemian, Prague (Czech Republic)
Bohemian, Prague (Czech Republic)
ca. 1585–90
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Koeppe, Wolfram. 2019. Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe [Exhibition Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from November 25, 2019-March 1, 2020]. New York: Metropolitan museum of art.