"Jewelry" by Melanie Holcomb

Jewelry The Body Transformed Melanie Holcomb, Kim Benzel, Soyoung Lee, Diana Craig Patch, Joanne Pillsbury, Beth Carver Wees

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
20 Nov 2018
ISBN:
9781588396501
Imprint:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dimensions:
272 pages: 254 x 229mm
Illustrations:
300 color illus.

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A cross-cultural examination of jewelry spanning 5,000 years that investigates not only the objects themselves but also the bodies they decorated

As an art form, jewelry is defined primarily through its connection to and interaction with the body—extending it, amplifying it, accentuating it, distorting it, concealing it, or transforming it. But how is the meaning of jewelry bound to the body that wears it?
 
Establishing six different modes of ornamenting the body—Deconstructed, Divine, Regal, Idealized, Alluring, and Resplendent—this artfully designed book illustrates how these various definitions of the body give meaning to the jewelry that adorns it. More than 200 examples of exceptional jewelry and ornaments, created across the globe from antiquity to the present, are shown alongside paintings and sculptures of bejeweled bodies to demonstrate the social, political, and aesthetic role of jewelry. From earflares of warrior heroes in Pre-Columbian Peru to designs by Yves Saint-Laurent, these precious and most intimate works of art provide insight not only about the wearer but also into the designers, artisans, and cultures that produced them.

Melanie Holcomb is curator in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters; Kim Benzel is curator in charge in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art; Soyoung Lee is curator in the Department of Asian Art; Diana Craig Patch is Lila Acheson Wallace Curator in Charge in the Department of Egyptian Art; Joanne Pillsbury is Andrall E. Pearson Curator in the Department of Arts of Africa; and Beth Carver Wees is Ruth Bigelow Wriston Curator of American Decorative Arts in the American Wing, all at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.