( Completed: 30.11.2012)
Cipriano Piccolpasso's Art of the Potter
My project focuses on the visuality of sixteenth-century pottery, particularly istoriato-ware, and will be examining evidence of the technological development and subsequent consistency through which its demand was achieved and secured. What things looked like was clearly important and while it was the narratives depicted and the use of a culturally specific palette that were crucial to the success and status of pottery as a consumer good, it was the dissemination and the ubiquity of the relevant technology that enabled the makers of pottery to respond to the demands of society and fashion, and as soon as possible.
Central to my research will be the continuation and further development of my understanding of the interdisciplinarity of Piccolpasso’s engagement with his cultural environment. My work will principally consolidate and resolve a number of strands that have become central to my curiosity. It will more than anything explore the social, political and aesthetic contexts within which Italian Renaissance pottery was produced and, perhaps more importantly, will examine how such work was thought about at that time.
MPIWG Colloquium - Steve Wharton
Monday 19 November 2012, 4-6 pm
The Transmission of Knowledge and Cipriano Piccolpasso’s Three Books of the Art of the Potter (1558-75).