Florentine Villas in the Fifteenth Century: An Architectural and Social History

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Overview

In this book, Amanda Lillie challenges and urban bias in Renaissance art and architectural history by investigating the architecture and patronage strategies of the Strozzi and the Sassetti clans in the Florentine countryside during the fifteenth century. Based entirely on unpublished archival material and little-known buildings, the value systems that emerge from these sources are very different from the traditional, idealised interpretation of the "Renaissance villa".
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"This erudite and insightful study by Lillie...makes a significant contribution to the understanding of Florentine villas in the 15th century...The scholarly apparatus is exemplary, with useful ground plans, appendixes, bibliography, and photographs...this book will stand as a foundational resource on the subject...Highly recommended." CHOICE, A.V. Coonin, Rhodes College

"This is an elegant, thoughtful book. Much of the urban and rural environment of fifteenth-century Florence has been lost, and Lillie's analysis suggests that most of these lesser Florentine villas, isolated and unrecognized, have been especially susceptible to the powerful forces of change. Her careful documentary reconstruction not only rescues many of these villas from oblivion, but makes an important contribution to an understanding of how many Florentine villas assumed their forms through a gradual and complex evolutionary process." CAA Reviews David Karmon

"remarkable detail" -Mark Rosen, University of California, Berkeley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521181389
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2011
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 8.27 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Lillie is senior lecturer in the History of Art at the University of York. A scholar of Renaissance architecture, she is the author of several articles on Medici villas, domestic chapels and oratories, and the effects of weather on architectural design.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The acquisition and alienation of country property 9
Ch. 2 The agricultural estate 24
Ch. 3 Sites 39
Ch. 4 The villa complex 58
Ch. 5 Repair, construction and rural patronage 80
Ch. 6 The architecture of a Casa Da Signore : Santuccio 105
Ch. 7 Villa interiors 133
Ch. 8 Villa functions and attitudes 147
Ch. 9 The Sassetti family and their property 159
Ch. 10 Francesco Sassetti's villa at La Pietra 180
Ch. 11 The villa at La Pietra in the context of contemporary architecture 220
Ch. 12 The role of the villa at La Pietra in the life of Francesco Sassetti 241
App. A Selective genealogies of the Strozzi and Sassetti villa owners 259
App. B List of Strozzi villas 269
App. C The 1499 division among the sons of Francesco Sassetti 285
App. D Notarised agreement between Francesco Sassetti and Giovanni di Domenico Legnaiuolo 289
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