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

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

by Thomas Tuohy, Gigliola Fragnito (Editor), Cesare Mozzarelli (Editor)
 
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

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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.

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"A thorough gazetteer of churches and of urban and country palaces, as well as an extensive critical apparatus including annotated transcriptions of primary documents, make this beautifully produced study a valuable reference tool for those investigating the dynamics and goals of cultural patronage in the Italian Renaissance." K.V. Gouwens, Choice

"Tuohy's voluminous and well-illustrated book is the first research specifically devoted to an assessment of Ercole d'Estw's direct involvement in the archtectural reorganization of late fifteenth-century Ferrara, an impressive series of projects whose final outcome brought into being what Jacob Burckhardt described as the first really modern city in Europe." Stefano Ugo Baldassari, Sixteenth Century Journal

"Tuohy has constructed a uniquely rich and authentic picture of one Italian court city." David Friedman, American Historical Review

"...solidly based on new and thorough archival scholarship...." Werner Gundersheimer, Speculum

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521464710
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Series:
Studies in Italian History and Culture
Pages:
566
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 1.77(d)

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