Lorenzo de' Medici and the Art of Magnificence

Lorenzo de' Medici and the Art of Magnificence

by 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,

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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.

Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review
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.

— Melissa Meriam Bullard

Australian Book Review
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.

— Ros Pesman

Renaissance Quarterly
Extremely valuable... Even though the book tackles a specific theme—Lorenzo the Magnificence's relationship with the visual arts—it 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.

— Lorenzo Fabbri

Burlington Magazine
Elegantly compresses long study, and will stand as a companion to the same author's forthcoming two-volume biography of Lorenzo.

— Patricia Rubin

Journal of Modern History
A book with much to offer all readers.

— Susannah Baxendale

Common Knowledge
A remarkable biography of a remarkable man.

— Wayne Andersen

American Historical Review - Melissa Meriam Bullard

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.

Australian Book Review - Ros Pesman

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.

Renaissance Quarterly - Lorenzo Fabbri

Extremely valuable... Even though the book tackles a specific theme—Lorenzo the Magnificence's relationship with the visual arts—it 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.

Burlington Magazine - Patricia Rubin

Elegantly compresses long study, and will stand as a companion to the same author's forthcoming two-volume biography of Lorenzo.

Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance

[Kent is] to be commended highly for penetration as well as precision in [his] scholarship.

Journal of Modern History - Susannah Baxendale

A book with much to offer all readers.

Common Knowledge - Wayne Andersen

A remarkable biography of a remarkable man.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801878688
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Series:
The Johns Hopkins Symposia in Comparative History Series, #24
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Richard Goldthwaite

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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