Material Delight and the Joy of Living

Material Delight and the Joy of Living

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Eighteenth-century Europe witnessed a commercialisation of culture as the marketing of culture became separated from its production and new cultural entrepreneurs entered the stage. Cultural consumption also played a substantial role in creating social identity. In this book, Michael North systematically explores this field for the first time in regard to the European Continent, and especially to eighteenth-century Germany. Chapters focus on the new forms of entertainment - concerts, theatre, opera, reading societies and traveling - on the one hand and on the new material culture - fashion, gardens, country houses and furniture - on the other.Mohrmanna#39;s study of the Brunswick region also yields only one larger collection of mirrors in the home of a merchant in 1 ... by the sale of hand and wall mirrors by peddlers.49 Thus, we find two mirrors with gilded and glass frames each in the ... The house of Dr Tanner, for example, boasted nine mirrors (with gilded, silver, glass, black, brown and walnut frames) as evidence of tasteful interior decoration.

Title:Material Delight and the Joy of Living
Author:Michael North
Publisher:Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2008


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