Walter Cupperi: »You Could Have Cast Two Hundred of Them«
»You Could Have Cast Two Hundred of Them«
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Multiple Portrait Busts and Reliefs at the Court of Charles V of Habsburg

Walter Cupperi

»You Could Have Cast Two Hundred of Them«
Multiple Portrait Busts and Reliefs at the Court of Charles V of Habsburg

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Walter Cupperi's paper addresses the casting of multiple portraits of Charles V of Habsburg (1550—1556) and the particular forms of distribution that could be reserved for the authorized medals, busts and portrait reliefs of a ruler in the mid sixteenth century. In courtly milieus, the authorization of a portrait, its replication by the court sculptor, Leone Leoni, its vertical relation with the features of the sitter and its horizontal relations with other versions of the portrait and their owners were guaranteed, controlled and emphasized in different ways, each of which could influence the reception of these prestigious ›multiples‹. In this field, the distinction between authorized (and authored) replicas and non-authorized ones appears much stronger than the distance between unique and multiple works of art. The essay also explores the possibility that collectors were aware that more versions of the same prestigious portrait existed.

  • Multiples
  • Porträt
  • 16. Jahrhundert
  • Kopie
  • Serialität
  • Autorschaft
  • Index

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Walter Cupperi

studierte Kunstgeschichte an der Universität Pisa und an der Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Er ist Research Fellow am Kunstgeschichtlichen Institut der Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität München. Seine Forschungsschwerpunkte sind: Kulturaustausch und transkulturelle Prozesse innerhalb der habsburgischen Herrschaftsgebiete in Europa (1500-1650), Habsburgische Residenzen und Sammlungen, die Rezeption der italienischen Kunst außerhalb Italiens, die Kultur des Portraits sowie das Nachleben der Antike.

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Walter Cupperi (Hg.): Multiples in Pre-Modern Art

Walter Cupperi (Hg.)

Multiples in Pre-Modern Art

Gebunden, 304 Seiten

PDF, 304 Seiten

In the last years replicated objects have gained an increasingly central position in the discourse about ancient, medieval and early modern art. ›Multiples‹, we are often told, lack uniqueness, invention, autonomy, and sometimes even authorship. Indeed, ›multiples‹ can be powerful multipliers – in that they enhance the ›aura of the originals‹ that they replicate – but they remain secondary indexes pointing to an ›original‹ imbued with significance. Yet, what happens if ›multiples‹ do not refer to other artifacts at all, or if they are associated with other ›multiples‹ rather than with a first version in the mind of their owners? What happened when serially-made ›multiples‹ were not quite identical to each other, as was the rule with pre-modern artifacts? What shaped their identity and the perception of them as identical?
This collection of essays explores different forms of interaction between the making of artifacts in more than one specimen and their reception before the nineteenth century. It addresses media such as metal, wax, plaster, terracotta, textiles, marble, ivory, porcelain, canvases and tables in an attempt to re-assess the current identification of the mediality of prints with that of pre-modern ›multiples‹ in general.