This volume explores the late medieval and early modern periods from the perspective of objects. While the agency of things has been studied in anthropology and archaeology, it is an innovative approach for art historical investigations. Each contributor takes as a point of departure active things: objects that were collected, exchanged, held in hand, carried on a body, assembled, cared for or pawned. Through a series of case studies set in various geographic locations, this volume examines a rich variety of systems throughout Europe and beyond.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com/doi/view/10.4324/9781315401867, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license

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Art History Empowering Medieval and Early Modern Things

ByGrażyna Jurkowlaniec, Ika Matyjaszkiewicz, Zuzanna Sarnecka
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part I|33 pages

Material Agency

chapter 1|16 pages

The Power of Nature and the Agency of Art

The Unicorn Cup of Jan Vermeyen
ByAndrew Morrall
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chapter 2|15 pages

Late Medieval Enclosed Gardens of the Low Countries 1

Mixed Media, Remnant Art, Récyclage and Gender in the Low Countries (Sixteenth Century Onwards)
ByBarbara Baert, Hannah Iterbeke, Lieve Watteeuw
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part II|39 pages

The Power of Things

chapter 3|12 pages

Knighted by the Apostle Himself

Political Fabrication and Chivalric Artefact in Compostela, 1332
ByRosa M. Rodríguez Porto
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chapter 4|10 pages

Agency and Miraculous Images

ByRobert Maniura
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chapter 5|15 pages

Agency, Beauty and the Late Medieval Sculptural Encounter

ByPeter Dent
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part III|38 pages

Objects as Social Agents

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chapter 8|10 pages

Distributing Dürer in the Netherlands

Gifts, Prints and the Mediation of Fame in the Early Sixteenth Century
ByJaya Remond
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part IV|43 pages

Agency of Physical Manipulations

chapter 9|15 pages

The Early Modern Bible between Material Book and Immaterial Word

ByWim François
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chapter 10|13 pages

Diagnostic Performance and Diagrammatic Manipulation in the Physician’s Folding Almanacs

ByKaren Eileen Overbey, Jennifer Borland
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chapter 11|13 pages

Surgical Saws and Cutting-Edge Agency

ByJack Hartnell
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part V|26 pages

The Agency of Things and Human Agency

chapter 12|24 pages

The Boots of Saint Hedwig

Thoughts on the Limits of the Agency of Things
ByJacqueline E. Jung
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