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Masterpieces in Miniature: Engraved Gems from Prehistory to the Present
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Claudia Wagner John Boardman
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Masterpieces in Miniature: Engraved Gems from Prehistory to the Present

Claudia Wagner John Boardman


Philip Wilson Publishers

History of Art & Design Styles;
Precious metal & precious stones: artworks & design;
Industrial: Commercial Art & Design;
Classical history & classical civilisation;
Antiques & collectables: jewellery


272 pages

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The creation of miniature intaglios - or incised carvings - which could be impressed on clay or wax was one of the earliest crafts of civilisation. To this the Greeks added relief cameos, while comparable skills were lavished on the decoration of metal finger rings. These artefacts record subjects of significance for their period and place but are also the direct expression of an artist's skills and imagination. Engraved gems were collected first by the ancient Romans and then throughout the Renaissance were a source for knowledge of `classical' subjects and styles, when they were copied - from Michelangelo to Rubens - by the foremost artists of the day. The gemstones explored here are from a distinguished collection made in the earlier twentieth century by a notable connoisseur of ancient art. Many originate from named older European collections and were previously unknown to scholars and collectors. The authors have sought to offer a balanced selection of earlier eastern and Greek stones, alongside others from the neo-classical era. The book offers a survey of the finest products of the gems craft over millennia.

By:   Claudia Wagner, John Boardman
Imprint:   Philip Wilson Publishers
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   3
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 297mm, 
Weight:   1.402kg
ISBN:   9781781300626
ISBN 10:   1781300623
Series:   The Philip Wilson Gems and Jewellery Series
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   March 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Claudia Wagner is Director of the gems database at the Beazley Archive in the University of Oxford and Senior Lecturer at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She is joint author, with John Boardman, of seven books devoted to the study and publication of ancient gems, including The Guy Ladriere Collection of Gems and Rings (Philip Wilson Publishers, 2015) and The Beverley Collection of Gems at Alnwick Castle (Philip Wilson Publishers, 2016), both co-written with Diana Scarisbrick. Sir John Boardman, FBA, is Emeritus Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art in the University of Oxford. His many books include The History of Greek Vases (2006) The Oxford History of Classical Art (1997), The Oxford History of the Classical World (1986) and The World of Ancient Art (2006).

`The engraved gems of the Greeks and Romans presented here are, as the title indicates, miniature masterpieces: superbly detailed and rich in imagery. John Boardman and Claudia Wagner have brought to light a collection formed nearly a century ago, with many famous pieces not seen for decades and others never published before. The commentary is erudite, and the photos are spectacular.' - Jeffrey Spier, Senior Curator of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, `Masterpieces in Miniature reveals for the first time a notable private collection of superb glyptic art. The authors' judicious selection assembles many engraved gems hitherto unpublished. Their book includes a rich group of Greek scarabs and scaraboids - some of the latter in rare mottled jasper - and a wide spectrum of wonderful intaglios and cameos from Hellenistic to Roman times and beyond. Presented in brilliant pictures, this volume will delight connoisseurs as well as scholars.' - Gertrud Platz-Horster, formerly Deputy Director, Antikensammlung Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Berlin Antiquities Collection)

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