Dominion of the Eye: Urbanism, Art, and Power in Early Modern Florenceby Marvin Trachtenberg
Pub. Date: 11/01/1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Trachtenberg radically revises our ideas about the origins of rationally planned public space in the European city. The turn occured not in the Renaissance but in trecento Florence, which endowed its monuments with perspectival views (the piazza), in a development allied with other media and part of state practice as a work of art.
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Table of ContentsPreface; Part I. History and Theory: 1. Florence brought to historical account; 2. Toward the Trecento Florentine piazza: problematics; Part II. From Theory to Practice: 3. The Piazza del Duomo; 4. The Piazza della Signoria; Part III. Framing Urbanistic Discourse: Space, Subject and Vision in Trecento Theory and the Arts: 5. Spatial theory; 6. The spatial order of Florentine streets, monumental architecture, and the new towns; 7. Trecento pictorial perspective reconsidered; 8. Perspective in Trecento sculpture and architectural detail; 9. The Trecento fusion of the arts; 10. The architecture of painting and the multimedia tableau; 11. The role of optical and surveying theory; Part IV. On The Politics of Urbanistic Order: 12. The political logic of demolition; 13. Spatial form and political authority; 14. The symbolic power of scopic order; 15. Florentine Trecento urbanism as institutional and ideological praxis II; 16. The Florentine urbanistic 'style' as bourgeois instrumentalism; 17. Resistance and Renaissance: an afterword.
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