Art and Power: Renaissance Festivals 1450-1650

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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.
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A work of great learning and skilful synthesis, beautifully illustrated. HUGH TREVOR-ROPER An interesting, thought-provoking, densely written study ... an essential guide to its subject. SPECTATOR
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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)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
I The Medieval Inheritance 3
II Removed Mysteries 20
III The Spectacles of State 42
I The Idea of Monarchy 65
II Images of Empire: Charles V and the Imperial Progress 75
III 'Politique' Magnificence: Catherine de'Medici and Valois Court Festivals 98
IV Apotheosis of a Dynasty: The Grand Duke Ferdinand and the Florentine 'intermezzi' 126
V Illusions of Absolutism: Charles I and the Stuart Court Masques 153
VI Conclusion 171
Appendix I: A Calendar of Major Festival Events, 1494-1641 175
Appendix II: Genealogical Trees 181
Notes 185
Index 216
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