Children of the Promise: The Confraternity of the Purification and the Socialization of Youths in Florence, 1427-1785

Children of the Promise: The Confraternity of the Purification and the Socialization of Youths in Florence, 1427-1785

by Lorenzo Polizzotto
     
 

From its foundation in 1427 to its suppression in 1785, the Confraternity of the Purification gave Florentine youths the opportunity to channel their energy, formerly employed for selfish, often violent, ends into useful, social pursuits. This innovative study shows that the Purification made important contributions to Florentine political, theatrical, artistic and

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From its foundation in 1427 to its suppression in 1785, the Confraternity of the Purification gave Florentine youths the opportunity to channel their energy, formerly employed for selfish, often violent, ends into useful, social pursuits. This innovative study shows that the Purification made important contributions to Florentine political, theatrical, artistic and musical developments, and - above all - to European education practices.

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"Particularly striking in Children of the Promise is the ease with which Polizotto navigates a wide variety of texts, turning an experienced paleographer's eye to the Purification's statutes, and making confident use of iconographical, theatrical, musical, narrative and quantitative sources....One hopes, in the end, that longue duree studies like Polizzotto's will elicit even further reflections on confraternal continuity and change over the centuries." — Confraternitas

"Polizzotto has the versatility to describe vividly and analyze with skill the shows presented by his chosen company, and he explores effectively some of the half-hidden and mildly subversive political allusions lurking in sixteenth-century plays."—American Historical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199263325
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/01/2004
Series:
Oxford-Warburg Studies Series
Pages:
410
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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University of Western Australia

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