Ceramics for Princes and Books of the Renaissance
On the occasion of the Renaissance Year 2006, The Danish Museum of Art & Design has prepared two exhibitions.
CERAMICS FOR PRINCES shows how faience – the exclusive tin-glazed earthenware that was known in Italy as maiolica – became popular for distinguished table service and for ornaments in Southern Europe in the 1450’s an onwards. The exhibition features specimens of the fine Spanish lustre ceramics and Italian Renaissance ceramics, partly with motifs from the visual arts of the age. Most of these works come from the collections of the Danish Museum of Art & Design itself, but they also include a number of significant loans from other museums.
The exhibition of BOOKS OF THE RENAISSANCE bears witness of the revolution in the distribution and design of books that took place following the invention of the art of printing in the 1440’s. The exhibition features examples of some of the earliest German, Italian and Danish books. In addition, printings of texts by, among others, Saxo Grammaticus, Tycho Brahe, Alberti and Michelangelo will be included among the rarities.
A publication is issued in connection with these exhibitions, and guided tours can be arranged.