Dominion of the Eye: Urbanism, Art, and Power in Early Modern Florence

Dominion of the Eye: Urbanism, Art, and Power in Early Modern Florence

by Marvin Trachtenberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521555027

ISBN-13: 9780521555029

Pub. Date: 11/01/1997

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Through a spatial and historical analysis of the major squares of Florence, all built in the trecento together with primary civic monuments, Marvin Trachtenberg shows that, contrary to current belief, Florentine planners engaged in a theoretically sophisticated mode of practice. In these squares, geometrically structured perspectival views of the principal monuments…  See more details below

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Through a spatial and historical analysis of the major squares of Florence, all built in the trecento together with primary civic monuments, Marvin Trachtenberg shows that, contrary to current belief, Florentine planners engaged in a theoretically sophisticated mode of practice. In these squares, geometrically structured perspectival views of the principal monuments were established long before Alberti and other Renaissance theorists may have promoted such planning. Including more than 50 new drawings and 200 illustrations, many published here for the first time, Dominion of the Eye challenges many of the cardinal truisms in the art history of the Renaissance, offering a new model for understanding the art of Italy in the early modern era.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521555029
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1997
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
7.99(w) x 9.96(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Pt. 1History and Theory1
Pt. 2From Theory to Practice I: The Piazza del Duomo27
Pt. 3From Theory to Practice II: The Piazza della Signoria87
Pt. 4Framing and Grounding Urbanism in Theory and the Arts149
Pt. 5On the Politics of Urbanistic Order245
Resistance and Renaissance: An Afterword275
Notes285
Bibliography331
Index343

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