Beyond Form and Fancy: The Merchant Palaces of Kazimierz Dolny in Poland
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|Publié dans:||Architectural History, 2017, v. 60|
This article builds upon Jan Białostocki's seminal bookThe Art of the Renaissance in Eastern Europeby examining two merchant palaces in the port city of Kazimierz Dolny on the Vistula River in Poland but departs from his interpretation of them. Focusing on the stucco architecture and relief-sculpture of their façades, the article argues against Białostocki's traditional reading of imitation as being driven by artistic influence, and, through the study of the city's mercantile and pilgrimage context, it proposes instead that a notion of imitation that was deeply immersed in sophisticated practices of copying and reference making. It concludes that the merchant community in Kazimierz Dolny was aiming to forge a new civic identity in order to contend in a broader social, religious and economic realm that was traversed by merchants, travellers and pilgrims alike.
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