Herculean Ferrara: Ercole d'Este (1471-1505) and the Invention of a Ducal Capital / Edition 1

Herculean Ferrara: Ercole d'Este (1471-1505) and the Invention of a Ducal Capital / Edition 1

by Thomas Tuohy
     
 

The court of Ercole d'Este was one of the most glittering in Renaissance Italy. The duke was a prolific builder, and the leader in the revival of classical theatre, an enthusiastic patron of musicians, and a creator of magnificent court spectacles.Very little survives to testify to Ercole's achievements, largely on account of a devastating earthquake in 1570, but… See more details below

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The court of Ercole d'Este was one of the most glittering in Renaissance Italy. The duke was a prolific builder, and the leader in the revival of classical theatre, an enthusiastic patron of musicians, and a creator of magnificent court spectacles.Very little survives to testify to Ercole's achievements, largely on account of a devastating earthquake in 1570, but extensive archival evidence has been used to re-establish the duke's achievements and the extent to which he was personally involved in his patronage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521522632
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/08/2002
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Italian History and Culture Series
Edition description:
First Paperback Edition
Pages:
568
Sales rank:
1,123,572
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations and plans
Preface
Acknowledgements
The currency of Ferrara
List of abbreviations
Genealogical tree
Plans
1The d'Este of Ferrara1
2The Estense inheritance26
3The ducal palace53
Via Coperta and Beccaria60
Wedding preparations62
The Transmutation of 147971
The Cortile Novo72
The Camere Dorate75
The secret garden79
Bathrooms84
The Great Loggia87
Chapels90
Castel Vecchio95
The garden of the Castel Vecchio104
The Sala dalle Comedie117
4The ducal capital: palaces urban and suburban121
5Court errant: country palaces and the itinerant court142
Travel by water154
Travel by land160
6Princely piety164
7The decoration and furnishing of palaces186
The palace interiors197
The palace furnishings220
8The ephemera of magnificence234
Sports239
Feats of arms246
Theatre257
Triumphal entries264
Banquets272
9As the duke commands277
Gazetteer307
Urban palaces309
Country palaces342
Churches367
Appendices397
App. 1 The documents399
App. 2 Inventory of the registers of the Camera Ducale487
Bibliography508
Index527

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