Patronage in Renaissance Italy: From 1400 to the Early 16th Century

Patronage in Renaissance Italy: From 1400 to the Early 16th Century

by Mary Hollingsworth
     
 

In this first comprehensive study of patrons in the Italian quattrocento, Mary Hollingsworth shows how the patron--rather than the artist--carefully controlled both subject and medium in artistic creation. In a competitive and violent age, she explains, image and ostentation were essential statements of the patron's power. As a result, perceived cost became more

Overview

In this first comprehensive study of patrons in the Italian quattrocento, Mary Hollingsworth shows how the patron--rather than the artist--carefully controlled both subject and medium in artistic creation. In a competitive and violent age, she explains, image and ostentation were essential statements of the patron's power. As a result, perceived cost became more important than artistic quality (and buildings, bronze, or tapestry were considered more eloquent statements than cheaper marble or fresco). Artists in the early Renaissance were employed as craftsmen, Hollingsworth concludes, and only late in the century did their relations with patrons start to adopt a pattern we might recognize today.

"Many readers, specialists and nonspecialists alike, will welcome this book as a reliable and straightforward introduction to an important and interesting subject."--Literary Review

"A synthesis of the current state of knowledge about Renaissance patronage... The author is particularly well qualified to assess the amount of personal involvement of patrons, and she emphasizes the extent to which Lorenzo de Medici, Ercole d'Este, and Federigo da Montefeltro, as well as several Popes, can be considered their own 'architects.'"--Apollo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801852879
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.23(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Mary Hollingsworth is the author of A History of World Art and Architecture of the Twentieth Century. Currently living in Florence, she has taught Renaissance patronage and design on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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