Histories of Ornament: From Global to Local by Gülru NecipogluHistories of Ornament: From Global to Local by Gülru Necipoglu

Histories of Ornament: From Global to Local

EditorGülru Necipoglu, Alina PayneContribution byMichele Bacci

Hardcover | March 8, 2016

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This lavishly illustrated volume is the first major global history of ornament from the Middle Ages to today. Crossing historical and geographical boundaries in unprecedented ways and considering the role of ornament in both art and architecture, Histories of Ornament offers a nuanced examination that integrates medieval, Renaissance, baroque, and modern Euroamerican traditions with their Islamic, Indian, Chinese, and Mesoamerican counterparts. At a time when ornament has re-emerged in architectural practice and is a topic of growing interest to art and architectural historians, the book reveals how the long history of ornament illuminates its global resurgence today.

Organized by thematic sections on the significance, influence, and role of ornament, the book addresses ornament's current revival in architecture, its historiography and theories, its transcontinental mobility in medieval and early modern Europe and the Middle East, and its place in the context of industrialization and modernism. Throughout, Histories of Ornament emphasizes the portability and politics of ornament, figuration versus abstraction, cross-cultural dialogues, and the constant negotiation of local and global traditions.

Featuring original essays by more than two dozen scholars from around the world, this authoritative and wide-ranging book provides an indispensable reference on the histories of ornament in a global context.

Contributors include: Michele Bacci (Fribourg University); Anna Contadini (University of London); Thomas B. F. Cummins (Harvard); Chanchal Dadlani (Wake Forest); Daniela del Pesco (Universita degli Studi Roma Tre); Vittoria Di Palma (USC); Anne Dunlop (University of Melbourne); Marzia Faietti (University of Bologna); María Judith Feliciano (independent scholar); Finbarr Barry Flood (NYU); Jonathan Hay (NYU); Christopher P. Heuer (Clark Art); Rémi Labrusse (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense); Gülru Necipoglu (Harvard); Marco Rosario Nobile (University of Palermo); Oya Pancaroglu (Bosphorus University); Spyros Papapetros (Princeton); Alina Payne (Harvard); Antoine Picon (Harvard); David Pullins (Harvard); Jennifer L. Roberts (Harvard); David J. Roxburgh (Harvard); Hashim Sarkis (MIT); Robin Schuldenfrei (Courtauld); Avinoam Shalem (Columbia); and Gerhard Wolf (KHI, Florence).

Gülru Necipoglu is the Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art and director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University. She is the author of The Age of Sinan: Architectural Culture in the Ottoman Empire (Princeton) and The Topkapi Scroll: Geometry and Ornament in Islamic Architecture. Alina Payne is the Alexander...
Title:Histories of Ornament: From Global to LocalFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pagesPublished:March 8, 2016Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691167281

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Gülru Necipoğlu and Alina Payne

Part I Contemporaneity of Ornament in Architecture

Chapter 1 Ornament and Its Users: From the Vitruvian Tradition to the Digital Age 10

Antoine Picon

Chapter 2 A Natural History of Ornament 20

Vittoria Di Palma

Chapter 3 Inscription: On the Surface of Exchange between Writing, Ornament, and Tectonic in Contemporary Architecture 34

Hashim Sarkis

Part II Ornament between Historiography and Theory

Chapter 4 Ornament as Weapon: Ballistics, Politics, and Architectural Adornment in Semper's Treatise on Ancient Projectiles 46

Spyros Papapetros

Chapter 5 The Passage of the Other: Elements for a Redefinition of Ornament 62

Jonathan Hay

Chapter 6 The Invention of Mudejar Art and the Viceregal Aesthetic Paradox: Notes on the Reception of Iberian Ornament in New Spain 70

María Judith Feliciano

Chapter 7 The Flaw in the Carpet: Disjunctive Continuities and Riegl's Arabesque 82

Finbarr Barry Flood

Part III Medieval Mediations

Chapter 8 Vesting Walls, Displaying Structure, Crossing Cultures: Transmedial and Transmaterial Dynamics of Ornament 96

Gerhard Wolf

Chapter 9 Gothic-Framed Byzantine Icons: Italianate Ornament in the Levant during the Late Middle Ages 106

Michele Bacci

Chapter 10 Timurid Architectural Revetment in Central Asia, 1370-1430: The Mimeticism of Mosaic Faience 116

David J. Roxburgh

Part IV Early Modern Crosscurrents

Chapter 11 Early Modern Floral: The Agency of Ornament in Ottoman and Safavid Visual Cultures 132

Gülru Necipoğlu

Chapter 12 Ornamental Defacement and Protestant Iconoclasm 156

Christopher P. Heuer

Chapter 13 Migration of Techniques: Inlaid Marble Floral Decoration in Baroque Naples 166

Daniela del Pesco

Chapter 14 Innovation, Appropriation, and Representation: Mughal Architectural Ornament in the Eighteenth Century 178

Chanchal Dadlani

Part V Ornament between Figuration and Abstraction

Chapter 15 Ornament, Form, and Vision in Ceramics from Medieval Iran: Reflections of the Human Image 192

Oya Pancaroğlu

Chapter 16 Variety and Metamorphosis: Form and Meaning in the Ornament of Amico Aspertini 204

Marzia Faietti

Chapter 17 Images as Objects: The Problem of Figural Ornament in Eighteenth-Century France 216

David Pullins

Chapter 18 Ornament and Vice: The Foreign, the Mobile, and the Cocharelli Fragments 228

Anne Dunlop

Chapter 19 Gilded Bodies and Brilliant Walls: Ornament in America before and after the European Conquest 238

Thomas B. F. Cummins

Part VI Circulations and Translations of Ornament

Chapter 20 The Poetics of Portability 250

Avinoam Shalem

Chapter 21 "This Is Babel": Sicily, the Mediterranean Islands, and Southern Italy (1450-1550) 262

Marco Rosario Nobile

Chapter 22 Wrapped in Fabric: Florentine Façades, Mediterranean Textiles, and A-TectonicOrnament in the Renaissance 274

Alina Payne

Chapter 23 Threads of Ornament in the Style World of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries 290

Anna Contadini

Part VII Internationalism of Ornament and Modernist Abstraction

Chapter 24 The Currency of Ornament: Machine-Lathed Anticounterfeiting Patterns and the Portability of Value 308

Jennifer L. Roberts

Chapter 25 Grammars of Ornament: Dematerialization and Embodiment from Owen Jones to Paul Klee 320

Rémi Labrusse

Chapter 26 Sober Ornament: Materiality and Luxury in German Modern Architecture and Design 334

Robin Schuldenfrei

Acknowledgments 349

Notes 351

Bibliography 411

Contributors 443

Index 445

Photo Credits 453

Editorial Reviews

"This book rethinks the study of ornament. Necipoglu and Payne make a perfect team because of the sustained brilliance and near-global coverage of their scholarship. Their choice of contributors, topics, and approaches reflects their formidable knowledge of the field and its leading researchers."-Philip Sohm, University of Toronto