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Publisher's URL: http://www.collegeart.org/artbulletin/4_1997
This paper investigates the social structure of gift giving among art collectors in early modern Italy. It focuses on Padre Sebastiano Resta, a collector of drawings based in Rome, between 1680 and his death in 1714. Gift giving was the preferred mode of exchange among aristocratic collectors, a practice that shaped their aesthetic response to art objects. A common culture of elite consumption fostered the neo-feudal nostalgia through which gifts were exchanged and the critical perception of art as the object of courtly love.
|Glasgow Author(s):||Warwick, Dr Genevieve|
|College/School:||College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art|
|Journal Name:||Art Bulletin|