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Renaissance Florence

Renaissance Florence
A Social History


Roger J. Crum, John T. Paoletti, John M. Najemy, Sharon T. Strocchia, Stephen J. Milner, Sarah Blake McHam, Philip Gavitt, David Rosenthal, Adrienne Atwell, Nicholas Eckstein, Michael Lingohr, Guido Ruggiero, Natalie Thomas, Robert W. Gaston, Jonathan Katz Nelson, Peter Howard, Saundra Weddle, Anabel Thomas, Patricia Emison, Andrea Bolland
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  • Date Published: April 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521846936

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  • This book examines the social history of Florence during the critical period of its growth and development in the early modern period, from the fourteenth through to sixteenth centuries. Treating the city, its art, and its rituals, the contributors to this volume consider well-known objects, monuments, sites, and events in the vivifying context of a variety of spaces, which are here understood as a dimension of physical, psychological, religious, and political perceptions for the city of Florence during the Renaissance. The volume provides a multi-dimensional view of Florence as it evolved into an economic powerhouse and dynamic center of artistic achievement, as well as the setting for political and religious struggles. It also demonstrates how permeable boundaries between the disciplines of history and art history have become.

    • Represents a collaboration between historians and art historians
    • The essays discuss the context in which events take place and in which works of art and architecture convey their meaning
    • Although the focus is on Florence, the models it presents are appropriate for the consideration of other cities as well
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The result is a fresh vision of Florence's history that will be useful for teaching but that also contains new research. the volume is attractively presented with numerous black and white illustrations and also includes extensive notes, select bibliography and a name and subject index.' History

    'I hope this rich collection will encourage others to engage in a process of social unveiling.' Sixteenth Century Journal

    'More than a social history of Renaissance Florence, this is an innovative and riveting examination of how space defined and regulated life in early modern Florence. As such, it goes a long way in helping us to reassess urban life in an early modern city.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521846936
    • length: 696 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 43 mm
    • weight: 1.22kg
    • contains: 70 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introducion Roger J. Crum and John T. Paoletti
    Part I. The Theatre of Florence:
    1. Florentine politics and urban spaces John M. Najemy
    2. Theatres of everyday life Sharon T. Strocchia
    Part II. The Public Realm:
    3. The Piazza della Signoria as practiced place Stephen J. Milner
    4. Structuring communal history through repeated metaphors of rule Sarah Blake McHam
    5. Corporate beneficence and historical narratives of communal well-being Philip Gavitt
    6. The spaces of plebian ritual and the boundaries of transgression David Rosenthal
    7. Ritual trading at the Florentine wool cloth botteghe Adrienne Atwell
    Part III. Relatives, Friends, and Neighbors:
    8. Neighborhood as microcosm Nicholas Eckstein
    9. The palace and villa as spaces of patrician self-definition Michael Lingohr
    10. '… full of people of every sort': the domestic interior Roger J. Crum and John T. Paoletti
    Part IV. Men and Women:
    11. Mean streets, familiar streets, or the fat woodcarver and the masculine spaces of renaissance Florence Guido Ruggiero
    12. Did women have a space? Natalie Thomas
    Part V. The Spaces of the Spiritual:
    13. Sacred place and liturgical space: Florence's renaissance churches Robert W. Gaston
    14. Memorial chapels in churches: The privatization and transformation of sacred spaces Jonathan Katz Nelson
    15. The aural space of the sacred in renaissance Florence Peter Howard
    16. Identity and alliance: urban presence, spatial privilege, and Florentine renaissance convents Saundra Weddle
    Part VI. Across Space and Time:
    17. The workshop as the space of collaborative artisitic production Anabel Thomas
    18. The replicated image in Florence, 1300–1600 Patricia Emison
    19. From the workshop to the academy: the emergence of the artist in renaissance Florence Andrea Bolland.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Italian Renaissance Art and Culture (1400-1500) & (1500-1600)
    • Renaissance
  • Editors

    Roger J. Crum, University of Dayton, Ohio
    Roger J. Crum is Professor of Art History at the University of Dayton, where he has held the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages.

    John T. Paoletti, Wesleyan University, Connecticut
    John T. Paoletti is William B. Kenan Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Art History at Wesleyan University.


    Roger J. Crum, John T. Paoletti, John M. Najemy, Sharon T. Strocchia, Stephen J. Milner, Sarah Blake McHam, Philip Gavitt, David Rosenthal, Adrienne Atwell, Nicholas Eckstein, Michael Lingohr, Guido Ruggiero, Natalie Thomas, Robert W. Gaston, Jonathan Katz Nelson, Peter Howard, Saundra Weddle, Anabel Thomas, Patricia Emison, Andrea Bolland

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