The Unmaking of Markets / 2005

Text by Rebecca Emigh, Design by Erik Loyer, Programming by Stamen Design

An interactive essay in which animated composites of historical paintings are used along with landholding simulations to investigate the advent of capitalism in 15th century Tuscany.  A collaboration with scholar Rebecca Emigh.

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Unmaking Markets Screenshot 1

Animated “composites” like this one use illustration, extracts from historical paintings, and contemporary photographs to recreate the living and working patterns of 15th century Tuscans.


Unmaking Markets Screenshot 2

When the user rolls over an element of a composite, it’s original context appears around it--in this case, the historical painting this vintner was lifted from.


Unmaking Markets Screenshot 3

Landholding simulations illustrate Emigh’s theories about differences in the ways markets functioned in northern and southern regions.


Unmaking Markets Screenshot 4

Annotated copies of historical documents from the period can be browsed for further insight.