Art, Marriage, and Family in the Florentine Renaissance Palace

Overview

Although we live in an era when vast sums of money are lavished on wedding festivities, we are not unique: in Renaissance Italy, middle- and upper-class families spent enormous amounts on marriages that were intended to establish or consolidate the status and lineage of one or both of the respective families.

This lavishly illustrated book explores the social and economic background to marriage in Renaissance Florence and discusses the objects—paintings, sculptures, furniture, ...

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Overview

Although we live in an era when vast sums of money are lavished on wedding festivities, we are not unique: in Renaissance Italy, middle- and upper-class families spent enormous amounts on marriages that were intended to establish or consolidate the status and lineage of one or both of the respective families.

This lavishly illustrated book explores the social and economic background to marriage in Renaissance Florence and discusses the objects—paintings, sculptures, furniture, jewelry, clothing, and household items—associated with marriage and ongoing family life. By analyzing urban palaces and their furnishings, Jacqueline Marie Musacchio shows how families interacted with art on a daily basis. This began at marriage, when the bride brought a dowry and the groom provided the home and its furnishings. It continued with the accumulation of objects during the marriage and the birth of children. And it ended with the redistribution of these same objects at death. Through the examination of art, documents, literature, and more, this lively book traces the life cycle of the Florentine Renaissance family through the art and objects that surrounded them in their home.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300095630
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/24/2009
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Marie Musacchio is associate professor of art at Wellesley College. She is the author of The Art and Ritual of Childbirth in Renaissance Italy (Yale).

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Table of Contents

1 Florentine Marriage and the Acquisition of Objects 2

2 In and Out of Palaces 62

3 Chests and Their Contents 122

4 The Madonna, Saints, and Heroes for the Home 190

5 The Dissolution of the Family 244

Notes 260

Bibliography 307

Photograph Credits 330

Index 331

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