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

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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.
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"...essential for anyone specializing in any of the visual arts, including architecture and urbanism." Choice

"This deeply revisionary study of urbanism, art, and power in early modern Florence is without question one of the most important works of architectural history to appear in many decades....Trachtenberg's exciting, highly suggestive synthesis forces us to see in new ways the profound tranformation of one of the great cities in modern Europe...." Virginia Quarterly

"engaging, forcefully written, and highly polemical book...this elegantly argued, relentlessly single-minded, and extravagantly speculative book rewards the reader with a keen appreciation of the many dialectical nuances informing trecento Florrentine urban planning." Speculum

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521555029
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.99 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Marvin Trachtenberg is Edith Kitzmiller Professor of the History of Fine Arts at the Institute of Fine Art, New York University. A recipient of fellowships from the Kress Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, and Villa I Tatti, he is the author of The Campanile of Florence Cathedral,'Giotto's Tower', and coauthor of Architecture from Prehistory to Postmodernism.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Pt. 1 History and Theory 1
Pt. 2 From Theory to Practice I: The Piazza del Duomo 27
Pt. 3 From Theory to Practice II: The Piazza della Signoria 87
Pt. 4 Framing and Grounding Urbanism in Theory and the Arts 149
Pt. 5 On the Politics of Urbanistic Order 245
Resistance and Renaissance: An Afterword 275
Notes 285
Bibliography 331
Index 343
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