Die Wunder der Welt. Lüster und Luxus in europäischen Netzwerken des AustauschsLas_maravillas del mundo. Loza dorada y lujo en redes de intercambio europeasThe_Marvels of the World. Lustreware and Luxury in European Networks of ExchangeLiteraturProgrammKontakt_Contacto_Contact - Zusammenarbeit_Cooperación Support + LinksOrt_Lugar_Venue - Reise_Viaje_Travel
The_Marvels of the World. Lustreware and Luxury in European Networks of Exchange




Lustreware from production centers of the Iberian Halbinsel through 14th and 15th centuries was a renouned and representative ware. Particularly Valencian workshops produced not just plates of dimensions that already implied high value but adorned them with the coats of arms of their commisioners surrounded by rich, mostly vegetal decoration. This kind of ceramics appears once and again in European diggings, but these finds generally are treated out of a larger context as singular and exotic. But it seems that the frequency of finds is higher than the published material suggests. Diffusion of lustreware is an indicator of its high esteem. As it was an element of the representational framework of the elites we should ask whether the decorative systems that were applied had their impact upon contemporary aethetic perception. The art of the book may be taken as an example. Furthermore pictorial devices like monochromy that occidental art cherished in 14th through 15th centuries should be discussed. Integration of lustreware in contexts of European art history remains largely to be done. On the other hand diffusion of lustreware visualizes pathways of trade i.e. raw material. This is most evident in the finds of coastal regions which depended on interaction of mediterranean atlantic trade networks with the Hansa. For these networks Bruges and London were geographically communicating harbours and points of redistribution. Bringing together this kind of data will build up a framework serving cultural history which is making possible recognition and classification of finds of lusterware appearing in European diggings. It furthermore establishes trade as a relevant item which may contribute to a reassessment of our cultural notion which at present is largely based on religious determination including orientalist and exotistic positions.


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