With the women

25 July 2007

Imagined Interiors: Representing the domestic interior since the Renaissance
edited by Jeremy Aynsley and Charlotte Grant

V&A Publications £45 ( 978-1-85177-492-0)
Church Times Bookshop £40.50

This painting by Francesco Durantino is on the lid of a bowl that formed part of a mid-16th-century childbirth set. It is one of the many illustrations in a handsome volume from V&A Publications. Among topics covered are the real and ideal in Dutch art, the cottage genre in 18th-century Britain, the child and home a century later, interiors in films and fiction, and retail “lifestyle” catalogues.

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