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The Court Cities of Northern Italy
Milan, Parma, Piacenza, Mantua, Ferrara, Bologna, Urbino, Pesaro, and Rimini

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Part of Artistic Centers of the Italian Renaissance

Charles M. Rosenberg, Evelyn Welch, Giuseppe Bertini, Molly Bourne, Anthony Colantuono, David J. Drogin, Mary Hollingsworth
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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521792486

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  • This volume examines the painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and architecture produced in nine important court cities of Italy during the course of the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries. The six essays, which were specially commissioned for this volume, examine the development of patronage as well as the production of art in Milan, Parma, Piacenza, Mantua, Ferrara, Bologna, Urbino, Pesaro, and Rimini. They explore the interaction of artists and their civic and/or courtly patrons within the context of prevailing cultural, political, and religious circumstances. Although each chapter represents a separate study of a particular geographical locale, many common themes emerge, including the nature of artistic practice; the concept of the court artist; the politics of local and foreign styles; the role of corporate and individual patronage and production; the circulation of artists and images in Northern Italy and beyond; the function of art in constructing individual and group identity; and the relationships among science, theology, and the visual arts, particularly in the sixteenth century. A multifaceted consideration of the art created for princes, prelates, confraternities, and civic authorities – works displayed in public squares, private palaces, churches, and town halls – Northern Court Cities of Italy provides a rich supplement to traditional accounts of the artistic heritage of the Italian Renaissance, which have traditionally focused on the Florentine, Venetian, and Roman traditions. The book includes both 35 color plates and 221 black and white illustrations.

    • These essays not only provide insight into familiar objects and monuments, but also new works which have not been part of the general discussion of Italian Renaissance art
    • This is an important supplement to the normal narrative of Italian Renaissance art with its focus on the Tusco-Romano and Venetian traditions
    • The wealth of illustrations and rich bibliography will be an important resource for generalist and specialist alike
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Charles Rosenberg's The Court Cities of Northern Italy makes a valuable contribution to both court studies and to Italian Renaissance art and architectural history more generally. . . Artistic production is defined broadly, and the book’s vibrant and diverse array of objects, images, and monuments ranges from frescoes and illuminated manuscripts to tapestries and vessels, from palaces and villas to tomb sculpture and intarsia. . . An essential contribution."

    "Charles Rosenberg’s volume has answered many questions, but it encourages countless more and will hopefully incite further scholarly inquiry into the court cities of the Italian Renaissance."
    -Timothy McCall,Villanova University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521792486
    • length: 468 pages
    • dimensions: 286 x 224 x 29 mm
    • weight: 1.67kg
    • contains: 263 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Charles M. Rosenberg
    1. Patrons, artists, and audiences in Renaissance Milan, 1300-1600 Evelyn Welch
    2. Center and periphery: art patronage in Renaissance Piacenza and Parma Giuseppe Bertini
    3. The art of diplomacy: Mantua and the Gonzaga, 1328-1630 Molly Bourne
    4. Estense patronage and the construction of the Ferrarese Renaissance, c. 1395-1595 Anthony Colantuono
    5. Art, patronage, and civic identities in Renaissance Bologna David J. Drogin
    6. Art patronage in Renaissance Urbino, Pesaro, and Rimini, c. 1400-1550 Mary Hollingsworth.

  • Editor

    Charles M. Rosenberg, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
    Charles Rosenberg is Professor of Art History at the University of Notre Dame. A recipient of an NEH Rome Prize Fellowship and an I Tatti NEH Fellowship, he is the author of The Este Monuments and Urban Development in Renaissance Ferrara and editor of Art and Politics in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Italy, 1250–1515.


    Charles M. Rosenberg, Evelyn Welch, Giuseppe Bertini, Molly Bourne, Anthony Colantuono, David J. Drogin, Mary Hollingsworth

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