Opulence and Intimacy from the Medici to the Romanovs
Thames & Hudson 2011
Hardback 352pp Illustrated 226x232mm
9780500515570   Product Code: 17634
From the Renaissance in Italy to late 19th century Russia, this volume traces the art of creating jewelled settings for the 'portraits in little' that became so popular among the rich and ruling dynasties after 1500. While much has been written about cameo and intaglio portraits, medals and miniatures, this study concentrates on the art of the jewellers who set the portraits in frames, pendants, brooches, bracelets and rings of gold, enamels, precious stones or portrait diamonds. With over 350 illustrations.