Opening at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge on 24 March 2015, Treasured Posessions from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment takes us on a dazzling visual adventure through the decorative arts, from stunning hand-crafted objects and precious family heirlooms to the dawn of the disposable age.
Featuring some 300 stunning objects, each revealing the tastes and hopes of its owners and the skills of the hands that made them, the show will give a closer look into how Europeans shopped and brought novelties into their lives and their homes, conducting a dazzling visual adventure through the decorative arts.
From Renaissance luxuries wrought in glass, bronze and maiolica to the elaborate tableware and personal adornments available to shoppers in the Age of Enlightenment, this exhibition invites you back to the markets, bazaars and workshops of the past. To see these objects is to witness the impact of global trade on European tastes: the lust for goods imported from the East or the revolutions caused by New World products like chocolate and sugar.
Co-curated by Dr Victoria Avery of the Fitzwilliam Museum, and Dr Melissa Calaresu, Dr Mary Laven and Professor Ulinka Rublack from the History Faculty of the University of Cambridge, the exhibition will showcase highlights from the Museum’s extraordinary Applied Arts collection and bring some of its least known and most intriguing artefacts out of the reserves into public view.
Treasured Posessions: From Renaissance To Enlightenment
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
24 March – 6 September 2015