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Gift exchange and art collecting: Padre Sebastiano Resta's drawing albums

Warwick, G. (1997) Gift exchange and art collecting: Padre Sebastiano Resta's drawing albums. Art Bulletin, 79(4), pp. 630-646.

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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.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Warwick, Dr Genevieve
Authors: Warwick, G.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
Journal Name:Art Bulletin
ISSN (Online):1559-6478
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