Language of Ornament

ISBN-10: 0500203431

ISBN-13: 9780500203439

Edition: 2001

Authors: James Trilling

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This text gives an introduction to the decorative arts and patterns since the dawn of time. This book is a companion and guide to the global panorama of ornamental terms that will be of equal value to craftworkers, collectors and students.
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Lisa Mintz Messinger is Associate Curator in the Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Introduction: What is Ornament?
Appreciating Ornament
The Lost Art of Seeing
The Structure of Ornament
The Single Image as Ornament
Pattern-Books and the Illusion of Accuracy
The Dialogue of Ornament and Functional Form
Identifying Ornamental Styles
Sketches in Art History: The Three Ages of Ornament
Paleolithic: A False Dawn?
Neolithic: The Great Apprenticeship
The Last Five Thousand Years: A Creative Explosion
Ornament and Cultural Exchange
The Paisley Pattern: A Paradigm of Cultural Exchange
The Evolution of 'Multinational' Patterns
The Medallion Style
The Vine-Scroll
Square Kufic
Ogival Patterns
Ornament as a Conventional System
Convention in Life and Art
Ornament as a Challenge to Reality
Literalism, Naturalism, and Stylization
The Artistic Power of Materials and Techniques
Virtuosity and its Discontents
Ornament in the Age of Modernism
Prelude to Revolution
Ornament and Craft in the Modern World
Adolf Loos and the End of Artifice
Material-Based and Process-Based Ornament
The Flowering of Modernist Ornament
Determinate and Indeterminate Form
Matisse and Ornament
Ornament After Modernism
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List of Illustrations
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