Private Lives in Renaissance Venice: Art, Architecture, and the Family / Edition 1

Private Lives in Renaissance Venice: Art, Architecture, and the Family / Edition 1

by Patricia Fortini Brown
     
 

This book offers an engaging and original perspective on the private lives and material culture of patrician families in sixteenth-century Venice. Distinguished art historian Patricia Fortini Brown takes us behind the elegant façades of grand palaces built along the Venetian canals and examines the roles of both fine and applied arts in family life as well as

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This book offers an engaging and original perspective on the private lives and material culture of patrician families in sixteenth-century Venice. Distinguished art historian Patricia Fortini Brown takes us behind the elegant façades of grand palaces built along the Venetian canals and examines the roles of both fine and applied arts in family life as well as the public messages that these impressive homes conveyed.
Illustrated with hundreds of varied and unusual images, the book provides a lively picture of the aristocratic lifestyle during a period of changing definitions of nobility. The author considers such wide-ranging themes as attitudes toward wealth and display, the articulation of family identity, and the visual culture of Venetian women—how they decorated their homes, dressed, undertook domestic tasks, entertained, and raised their children. Recapturing the interplay between the public and private, she offers an account of Venetian households unequalled in vividness and detail.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300102369
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,434,459
Product dimensions:
8.98(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
1The title of their gentility1
2Not having the name of Palazzo23
3To live nobile53
4The mirror of ancient ladies91
5The game of life123
6A paradise of Venus159
7Not one but many separate cities189
8Theaters of the world217
Conclusion253
AppFamily trees255
Notes261
Bibliography290
Photograph credits303
Index304

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