Patronage, Art and Society in Renaissance Italy

Patronage, Art and Society in Renaissance Italy

by F. W. Kent
     
 

Patronage, in its broadest sense, has been established as one of the dominant social processes of pre-industrial Europe. While it has been traditionally viewed simply as the context for extraordinary artistic creativity, patronage has more recently been examined by historians and art historians alike as a comprehensive system of patron-client structures which

Overview

Patronage, in its broadest sense, has been established as one of the dominant social processes of pre-industrial Europe. While it has been traditionally viewed simply as the context for extraordinary artistic creativity, patronage has more recently been examined by historians and art historians alike as a comprehensive system of patron-client structures which permeated society and social relations. Focusing specifically on the city of Florence, these essays explore the new understanding of Renaissance Italy as a 'patronage society,' considering its implications for the study of art patronage and patron-client structures wherever they occur.

Editorial Reviews

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"A useful and well-conceived volume. The essays are effectively related to one another and present a coherent picture of the role of patronage in Renaissance Italy. They shed considerable light on the relation of patronage to several basic issues currently in the scholarship."—History: Reviews of New Books

"Handsome and well edited...about half (of the essays) deal with political patronage, usually also political in some of its aspects. Much is made of the convenient distinction in Italian between Mecenatismo (fostering of art and intellect) and clientelismo (a social system of powerful men protecting a retinue of followers)...Without losing the historian's primary interest in telling stories and describing situations, the participants have allowed refreshing winds to blow in from the fields of anthropology and sociology. They have opened up some questions of interest about practical authority in the early modern period."—Journal of the Behavioral Sciences

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198219781
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/1991
Series:
OUP/Humanities Research Centre of the Australian National University Series
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.81(h) x 1.06(d)

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Monash University

University of Sydney

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