Object Analysis Form for Renaisance Maiolica
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Noblewomen Jars , 15th century, Biordi Collection

These jars depict two women wearing typical Renaissance fashions, and portrayed in the side profile style popular in portraiture of the period.

The Maiolica model form is intended to be used a working form for the formal analysis of the pieces of maiolica to be found in both the Royal Ontario Museum and Gardiner Museum. It is a way to systematically analyze the findings of these objects and relate them to the general styles of the period. Hopefully, such a system will point to new ways of understanding these pieces in relation to Renaissance society and gender relationships.

The Maiolica Model Form for Material Culture Analysis

Date:____________________________________Name of Object:__________________________________

Present Location of Object:____________________________________Artist Name:_____________________________

Origin of Object:_____________________________________________Donor:_________________________________


Steps in Maiolica Model (fill in on sheet):

1. Describe the general appearance of the object.



2. Provide a formal analysis of the form of the object, its measurements, and the materials used in its construction.




Materials of Construction:_____________________________________________________________

3. Describe any decorative elements or design qualities, and provide a colour analysis.



4. Notice any discolourations, chipping, or distortions, which may indicate a certain passage of time and the nature of the object's usage.



5. Note a comparison to other objects of a similar grouping, either of design, time of production, usage or artistic depiction.




6. Stage of intellectual engagement: posit the idea of the function of the object, through its visual characteristics and modes of construction. Relate this to the general social history of the period, along with the cultural impetus of the Renaissance.





7. Appreciate the emotional response inspired by the object, and place this within a speculative analysis of its worth and role in society of the time, and attempt to realize the impact these manufactured goods had upon the sensibilities of the period, particularly in gender relations and the understanding of feminine and masculine roles.






8. Finally, place these findings within the wider cultural and social sphere, and conclude with an analysis of the role of this object in relation to today's values.






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