Art and Power: Renaissance Festivals 1450-1650

Art and Power: Renaissance Festivals 1450-1650

by Roy Strong
     
 

A work of great learning and skilful synthesis, beautifully illustrated. SUNDAY TIMES The spectacular festivals mounted by the princes of the Renaissance were both a marriage of the arts and a complex and subtle expression of political theory. From the Renaissance festivals ballet, opera and even the proscenium arch theatre are derived. Festivals are therefore a vital… See more details below

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A work of great learning and skilful synthesis, beautifully illustrated. SUNDAY TIMES The spectacular festivals mounted by the princes of the Renaissance were both a marriage of the arts and a complex and subtle expression of political theory. From the Renaissance festivals ballet, opera and even the proscenium arch theatre are derived. Festivals are therefore a vital part of European cultural history. Here Roy Strong provides a guide to their origins and purpose, and their lasting influence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780851152479
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
10/21/1999
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.73(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
IThe Medieval Inheritance3
IIRemoved Mysteries20
IIIThe Spectacles of State42
IThe Idea of Monarchy65
IIImages of Empire: Charles V and the Imperial Progress75
III'Politique' Magnificence: Catherine de'Medici and Valois Court Festivals98
IVApotheosis of a Dynasty: The Grand Duke Ferdinand and the Florentine 'intermezzi'126
VIllusions of Absolutism: Charles I and the Stuart Court Masques153
VIConclusion171
Appendix I: A Calendar of Major Festival Events, 1494-1641175
Appendix II: Genealogical Trees181
Notes185
Index216

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