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Title: Gros point de Venise : lace and its representation 1660-1702
Author: Walsh, Elizabeth C.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2686 3541
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2009
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This thesis aims to establish a new approach to gros point de Venise, an early modern European lace principally made in Venice in the later seventeenth century, by placing lace in a rigorous academic framework. Using two wellknown approaches to art history, Baxandall's `period eye' and Gell's ideas of agency, the methodological structure supports the study both of the effectiveness of using these concepts with this type of artefact and of gros point de Venise and its representation. In the first part of the thesis, the substance of the lace is examined: how it was made and how it functioned in early modern English society. This engages with its perception and agency in matters such as decorum, status, self-image, mortality and gender. Having established its multiple agencies, the second part of the thesis deals with the representation of grosp oint de Venisein paint, wood, stone and print, thus ascertaining how different aspects of its meaning were incorporated, balanced and understood. Parallel concerns are how the `period eye' helps with such understanding and whether Gell's idea of the agency of things can stand up to the complexity of artefacts holding cultural currency that takes them far away in physical, economic and perceptual terms from their anonymous maker. Baxandall and Gell both encourage consideration of virtuoso aspects of making. Gros point de Venise provides valuable evidence of this, both in its own materiality and reception and in how different artists, working in different media, show their own skills and priorities in its representation. This sustained study of gros point de Venise relies on subtle inflections of meaning, on non-verbal communication, on the currency of a particular material at a particular time. Thus, in addition to recalibrating the `period eye' and honing ideas of agency, the thesis develops understanding not only of the society in which the lace carried such agency but of the lace itself
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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