The Italian Renaissance: Culture and Society in Italy / Edition 2

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Overview

In this newly revised edition of his widely acclaimed work, Peter Burke presents a social and cultural history of the Italian Renaissance. He discusses the social and political institutions that existed in Italy during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and he analyzes the ways of thinking and seeing that characterized this period of extraordinary artistic creativity. Developing a distinctive approach, the author is concerned not only with the finished works of Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and others, but also with the social background, patterns of recruitment, and means of subsistence of this "cultural elite." He thus makes a major contribution both to our understanding of the Italian Renaissance and to our comprehension of the complex relations between culture and society.

An excellent social history of the lives and culture of the artists and artisans which made it possible for the arts to flourish.

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Editorial Reviews

Renaissance Quarterly
A superb introduction to Renaissance culture and society.
American Historical Review
A fascinating tour de force.
Choice
Burke handles both breadth and depth of a most creative and complex period with balance, sensibility, and solid supportive arguments.... This is an indispensable study for historians, sociologists, and anyone interested in one of the most remarkable periods of European history.
The Sixteenth Century Journal
[This book's] fundamental concern with exploring in a rigorous fashion how cultural change and—to admit one's bias—achievement is related to the economic, social, and political structure of an age remains a vital interest.
— Joachim W. Stieber
The Sixteenth Century Journal - Joachim W. Stieber
[This book's] fundamental concern with exploring in a rigorous fashion how cultural change and—to admit one's bias—achievement is related to the economic, social, and political structure of an age remains a vital interest.
From the Publisher
"[This book's] fundamental concern with exploring in a rigorous fashion how cultural change and—to admit one's bias—achievement is related to the economic, social, and political structure of an age remains a vital interest."—Joachim W. Stieber, The Sixteenth Century Journal

"A superb introduction to Renaissance culture and society."—Renaissance Quarterly

"A fascinating tour de force."—American Historical Review

"Burke handles both breadth and depth of a most creative and complex period with balance, sensibility, and solid supportive arguments.... This is an indispensable study for historians, sociologists, and anyone interested in one of the most remarkable periods of European history."—Choice

Booknews
Updating his 1987 revision for all intrigued by the Italian Renaissance, Burke (cultural history, U. of Cambridge) synthesizes the social-cultural contributions to the achievements of the "cultural elite." Alas, with 35 art plates, only the cover is in color. Name index only. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691006789
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/26/1999
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 892,179
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Burke is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I The Problem
1 The Arts in Renaissance Italy 13
2 The Historians: The Discovery of Social and Cultural History 27
Pt. II The Arts in their Milieu
3 Artists and Writers 43
4 Patrons and Clients 89
5 The Uses of Works of Art 125
6 Taste 145
7 Iconography 165
Pt. III The Wider Society
8 Worldviews: Some Dominant Traits 181
9 The Social Framework 209
10 Cultural and Social Change 235
11 Comparisons and Conclusions 248
App The Creative Elite 257
Bibliography 259
Index 293
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