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acorn cup

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

Covered silver cup shaped like the cupulate involucre in which the acorn grows, usually mounted on a botanical stem. Acorn cups were popular in Elizabethan and Jacobean England.

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Adam van Noort

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Art.

(b Antwerp, 1562; d Antwerp, ?Sept. 1641).

Flemish history and portrait painter, remembered chiefly as one of the teachers of Rubens. Too little is known of the style of either ...

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agate glass

Overview page. Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design — Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

An imitation of agate made by blending molten glass of two or more colours. The technique was known in antiquity and revived in late fifteenth-century Venice and Germany.

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Agostino Chigi

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

(b Siena, 29 Nov. 1466; d Rome, 11 Apr. 1520).

Italian banker and merchant, one of the greatest patrons of the Renaissance. The immensely wealthy Chigi was the leading financier in...

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Alcaraz

Overview page. Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design — Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

Spanish centre of carpet production in Murcia. Alcaraz was one of the two principal centres (together with Cuenca) of carpet production in 15th- and 16th-century Spain. The hand-knotted...

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Alejo Fernández

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

(b ?Germany, c.1475; d Seville, 1545).

Spanish painter, probably of German origin, as he is referred to as ‘Maestro Alexos—pintor Aléman’. He married the daughter of a painter...

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altarpiece

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

A picture, sculpture, screen, or decorated wall standing on or behind an altar in a Christian church. There are two main types: the reredos, which rises from the ground behind the altar;...

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Anthonis van den Wyngaerde

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Renaissance Art.

(c.1525–1571),

Flemish painter, draughtsman, and etcher who travelled throughout the Netherlands and in England, France, Italy, and Spain. In the course of his travels he made many...

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Antonio Barili

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

(b 1453; d 1516).

Italian intarsia designer, civil engineer, architect and engraver, was a native of Siena. From 1483 to 1502 he worked in Siena Cathedral, providing carving and...

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Antonio Rizzo

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Art.

(active 1465–99/1500).

Italian sculptor and architect, probably born in Verona. Moving to Venice before 1464, he became one of the foremost sculptors in the city. His first works...

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