The Arts of Living: Europe 1600-1800

Edited by Elizabeth Miller and Hilary Young


The Arts of Living offers an exanimation into the range of European collections at the V&A Museum from 1600-1815. Gain insight into this pivotal period that greatly influenced our contemporary world.

This book delves into the study of everyday objects during the 1600-1800 period in Europe. It examines how art and design influenced and transformed everyday life for individuals of all social statuses, including monarchs, merchants, craftsmen, and housewives. Objects such as works of art and manufactured goods played a crucial role in defining one's identity and place in society.

Written by a team of experts, this book offers a comprehensive look at over two centuries of cultural progress and artistic achievement in Europe.

Singular masterpieces by painters and sculptors including Boucher and Bernini, along with the work of such leading manufacturers as the Gobelins, Boulle and Meissen, illustrate a great diversity of subjects, from Louis XIV and Catherine the Great to male adornment and fashionable silks, from Jewish traditions and the Dutch interior to the East India trade and Africans in European art.


Book contains: 208 pages.

Dimensions: 26 x 23.5 x 2.5 cm