Special Offer Gemstone / Art

Our publication Gemstone / Art. Renaissance to the Present from 2016 offers a unique overview of the significance of gemstones in art from the Renaissance to the present.

At all times, gemstones have been richly charged with attributions, they were even considered magical objects. While the cabinets of curiosities of the late Renaissance still bore witness to the artistry of nature, the precious stones themselves finally became the motif of art. Particularly impressive is the poetic exploration of the crystalline form in Romanticism and Modernism, from Caspar David Friedrich to Lyonel Feininger.

In the second half of the 20th century, the artists Bernd Munsteiner, Ute Eitzenhöfer and Bernhard Schobinger succeeded in expanding the expressive possibilities in studio jewellery through the contemporary treatment of precious stones. However, even artists like Damien Hirst cannot escape the fascination that these colourful gems emanate.

More than 300 illustrations testify to the diversity in the handling of gemstones. Expert articles by internationally renowned authors place the positions in their historical context and discuss design and reception.

This wonderful publication is already completely out of print. However, the Jakob Bengel Foundation in Idar-Oberstein still has a remaining stock of books. You can order them there for the special price of EUR 35,– (instead of EUR 49,80) plus shipping costs.

Please send your order to the following e-mail address: info@jakob-bengel.de


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Under these unusual circumstances, with exhibitions, galleries and our favourite book shops closed – and whilst we are all recommended to maintain social distancing – we think our beautiful art publications could be the perfect way to get through this uncertain period.

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