N.Y.) Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York's Metropolitan jewelry PDF

By N.Y.) Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York

ISBN-10: 0870996169

ISBN-13: 9780870996160

This e-book highlights items of bijou from historic and smooth cultures in every little thing of the globe. Of certain curiosity are the gadgets that seem in work and different artistic endeavors: jewel-studded robes, glittering Renaissance brooches and an Egyptian beaded collar are one of the featured works from the "Metropolitan Museum"'s assortment. Necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets fill this ebook and likewise integrated are gadgets of non secular value, army honours and different kinds of private ornament. The captions relate anecdotes about the artists and wearers and describe the background and elegance of the jewelry pictured.

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Clockwise from top left, a wooden version from India; one from Mexico with the box and the snake’s head in wood, but the body of the snake in metal wire, covered with a loosely woven textile tube; one from Kenya in carved and dyed soapstone; a cut-out made from a sheet of printed card. A design using one mechanism can always be adapted. Changes can always be made, but it may not be as simple as it seems at first sight. One little change will probably lead to another … and another … Nevertheless it is a good thing to attempt such changes: you will really 53 have to get to grips with how the design works, and you get a greater understanding of the underlying principles.

An artist’s quick sketch may have more immediacy and vitality than the worked-up canvas. Something similar happens with automata: it’s not necessary to imitate life in all the complexities of its forms and movement. A surprisingly small and simplified movement is all that is needed to 51 make a figure seem to come alive. Nor is it necessary for an automaton to tell a long and complicated story: if you set the scene, and drop a few hints, then the onlookers will be very ready to fill in the details.

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