Congratulations #4: Eckart Marchand, ‘Material distinctions: plaster, terracotta, and wax in the Renaissance artist’s workshop’, in C. Anderson, A. Dunlop, and P. H. Smith (eds.) The matter of art: materials, practices, cultural logics, c. 1250-1750, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 160-79

Further congratulations are in order, this time to Eckart Marchand on the publication of his chapter in The Matter of Art, available from Manchester University Press. This chapter examines some of the frequently under-studied materials used by Renaissance artists. Wax, plaster and clay are all explored from the perspective of cost, availability and value (artistic, social, economic) for Renaissance artists and audiences. The result yields fascinating insights into materiality and the intersection of art and the economics of supply, and provides valuable points of comparison and discussion for other Bilderfahrzeuge research projects, examining, for example, the meeting of materiality and art in tapestries, and the importance of economic networks in moving images (and also here).


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