Beverley Collection of Gems at Alnwick Castle

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    The Collection was begun by the First Duchess of Northumberland in the early eighteenth century; but the greater part of it was made later in the century by Algernon Percy, First Earl of Beverley, during a tour of Europe while in the company of his mentor, Louis Dutens. Their success in France and Italy was such that it incited the jealousy of the Empress Catherine of Russia, herself a passionate collector. The range of objects - cameos, intaglios and finger rings of the highest quality - is considerable: Greek, Roman and Etruscan, as well as a notable assemblage of neoclassical signed gems by British artists. One jewel clearly provided inspiration for Michelangelo's painting of Adam on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. The Collection is little known, except by connoisseurs, but this volume brings to the attention of a broader audience many of the finest products of one of the oldest arts of the western world.

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    Number of Pages: 352
    Format(s): Hardback - ISBN: 9781781300442
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    Listed in: Precious metal, precious stones & jewellery, Exhibition catalogues & specific collections
    Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd

    Books by Diana Scarisbrick

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