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PORPHYRY
RED IMPERIAL PORPHYRY, POWER AND RELIGION
ROSSO IMPERIALE, POTERE E RELIGIONE

PORPHYRY <BR> RED IMPERIAL PORPHYRY, POWER AND RELIGION <BR> ROSSO IMPERIALE, POTERE E RELIGIONE
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  • AuthorDario Del Bufalo
  • PublisherUmberto Allemandi
  • Date of publicationJuin 2013
  • Language(s)Italian, English
  • IllustrationsColour, b&w ill.
  • Pages300
  • DescriptionGrand format
  • Price (VAT incl.)180.00 €
  • AvailabilityOn order

Porphyry, from a rock, and ideal material of the Roman Empire, and purple, from the murex, gastropod mollusc: two origins, two natures, for a unique colour used by man since two millenniums. Linked to aristocratic prestige and imperial propaganda, the colour of porphyry represented Lagids' royalty, Roman Empire's authority, and then Catholic Church's power; the material was also the richest element of baroque prosperity and neo-classic renaissance.
This book recounts the history of porphyry, and studies its uses in art and architecture. It includes a corpus of more than 1000 profiles of objects in porphyry, half of them never published before.

 

 

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