Renaissance Archit: Patrons, Critics, and Luxury

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An illustrated (b&w) history of the architecture of Renaissance Europe, focusing on the perennial debate between utility and luxury in architecture and studying the history of the impetus for and public reaction to ambitious building. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719039638
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.66 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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David Thomson
David Thomson

David Thomson, author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, is a regular contributor to The Guardian, The New York Times, Film Comment, Movieline, The New Republic, and Salon. He lives in San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface: Bowerbirds and architecture
1 Luxury and building: The long life of an issue 1
From Genesis to Perpendicular England 1
Renaissance Italy 9
The Reformation: Fun in Protestant Basle, insecurity in Catholic Vienna 21
Venice: Architecture as luxury confronted 22
Magnificence versus luxury in northern Europe 28
'Quo vadis?' 48
2 Luxury architecture in fiction and philosophy 51
The classical heritage 51
The Renaissance 62
'Quo vadis?' 96
3 Renaissance architectures and peoples 97
The problem of authority 97
Language, national identity and building 101
Books on architecture: Manuals and treatises for all nations? 106
Roads from Rome 143
Exceptions to the pluralist argument 152
'Out of Italy' 157
'Quo vadis?' 158
4 Uses of wealth 159
The admirable wealthy 159
Towers, coaches and funerary monuments 173
Money into art into money into oblivion 194
'Quo vadis?' 196
5 Poverty, luxury and architecture 199
Notes 205
Appendix 1 Amadis de Gaule 223
Appendix 2 L'Ombre et Tombeau de Marguerite de France 227
Index 235
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