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Gusto for ThingsA History of Objects in Seventeenth-Century Rome$
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Renata Ago

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226010571

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226008387.001.0001

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Reflecting on Things

Reflecting on Things

(p.41) Chapter Two Reflecting on Things
Gusto for Things

Renata Ago

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the factors that influenced the gradual emancipation of goods from their monetary function in seventeenth-century Rome. It analyzes books of several families and investigates the origins of and diffusion of the desire to remove objects from exchange. It also describes the case of Margherita Betti, who kept four inventories of the things she owned. This chapter suggests that Betti’s inventories indicate her strong tendency to preserve virtually everything and highlights the affection for objects as reflected in wills.

Keywords:   goods, monetary function, rome, account books, margherita Betti, wills

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