Melissa Meriam Bullard
Lorenzo de' Medici and the Art of Magnificenceby F. W. Kent
Historian F. W. Kent offers a new look at Lorenzo de Medici's relationship to the arts, aesthetics, collecting, and building -- especially in the context of his role as the political boss (maestro della bottega) of republican Florence and a leading player in Renaissance Italian diplomacy. Paying careful attention to the events of Lorenzo's short but dramatic life,… See more details below
Historian F. W. Kent offers a new look at Lorenzo de Medici's relationship to the arts, aesthetics, collecting, and building -- especially in the context of his role as the political boss (maestro della bottega) of republican Florence and a leading player in Renaissance Italian diplomacy. Paying careful attention to the events of Lorenzo's short but dramatic life, Kent creates a radically new chronology that reveals Lorenzo's activities as an art patron as being more extensive and creative than previously thought. Richly illustrated with photographs of Medici landmarks by Ralph Lieberman, Lorenzo de' Medici and the Art of Magnificence offers a masterful portrait of Lorenzo as a man whose achievements might have rivaled those of his grandfather Cosimo had he not died so young.
This suggestive book... looks for its audience to art historians whom F. W. Kent feels might benefit from a historian's discussion of the fragmentary information surrounding Lorenzo's various activities.
Kent has brought the breadth and depth of knowledge furnished by his nigh on forty years' research in the archives and libraries of Florence, an extraordinarily sensitive ear for the voices of his fifteenth-century Florentines, a nuanced and subtle understanding of their society and its leading figure, and a Renaissance elegance of structure and writing.
Extremely valuable... Even though the book tackles a specific themeLorenzo the Magnificence's relationship with the visual artsit also characterizes this key Renaissance figure in the broad political, cultural, and psychological terms available only to a scholar so deeply engaged with every aspect of Lorenzo's life.
Elegantly compresses long study, and will stand as a companion to the same author's forthcoming two-volume biography of Lorenzo.
[Kent is] to be commended highly for penetration as well as precision in [his] scholarship.
A book with much to offer all readers.
A remarkable biography of a remarkable man.
- Johns Hopkins University Press
- Publication date:
- The Johns Hopkins Symposia in Comparative History Series, #24
- Product dimensions:
- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.78(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
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Without exaggeration, this is one of the most important books on the Italian Renaissance to have been published over the last two generations. As a study of Lorenzo de' Medici's patronage, his wide-ranging artistic tastes, his complex personality, and the art world of his times, it is an original, comprehensive, and insightful work. And given Lorenzo's stature as a politician, patron, and poet, as well as the vast bibliography on the man and his times, it is also a work of remarkably courageous synthesis.
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