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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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Ostentatious Things

Ostentatious Things

(p.159) Chapter Seven Ostentatious Things
Gusto for Things

Renata Ago

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the collection of ostentatious objects in seventeenth-century Rome. It explains how these objects, with no useful purpose, became charged with superior value and suggests that this development may be attributed to growth of disposable wealth. It also describes some of the miscellaneous objects contained in the inventories of Romans during this period, which include devotional objects, sacred dolls, and heraldic insignia.

Keywords:   ostentatious objects, rome, disposable wealth, miscellaneous objects, devotional objects, sacred dolls, heraldic insignia

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