Renaissance Florence: A Social Historyby Roger J. Crum
Pub. Date: 04/03/2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book examines the social history of Florence during the critical period of its growth and development in the early modern period, from the fourteenth through sixteenth centuries. Treating the city, its art, and its rituals as lived experiences that extended through space and time, the contributors to this volume consider well-known objects, monuments, sites, and events in the vivifying context of a variety of spaces, which are here understood as a dimension of physical, psychological, religious, and political perceptions for the city of Florence during the Renaissance. The volume provides a multi-dimensional view of Florence as it evolved into an economic powerhouse and dynamic center of artistic achievement, as well as the setting for political and religious struggles. It also demonstrates how permeable boundaries between the disciplines of history and art history have become.
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Table of ContentsIntroducion Roger J. Crum and John T. Paoletti; Part I. The Theatre of Florence: 1. Florentine politics and urban spaces John M. Najemy; 2. Theatres of everyday life Sharon T. Strocchia; Part II. The Public Realm: 3. The Piazza della Signoria as practiced place Stephen J. Milner; 4. Structuring communal history through repeated metaphors of rule Sarah Blake McHam; 5. Corporate beneficence and historical narratives of communal well-being Philip Gavitt; 6. The spaces of plebian ritual and the boundaries of transgression David Rosenthal; 7. Ritual trading at the Florentine wool cloth botteghe Adrienne Atwell; Part III. Relatives, Friends, and Neighbors: 8. Neighborhood as microcosm Nicholas Eckstein; 9. The palace and villa as spaces of patrician self-definition Michael Lingohr; 10. '… full of people of every sort': the domestic interior Roger J. Crum and John T. Paoletti; Part IV. Men and Women: 11. Mean streets, familiar streets, or the fat woodcarver and the masculine spaces of renaissance Florence Guido Ruggiero; 12. Did women have a space? Natalie Thomas; Part V. The Spaces of the Spiritual: 13. Sacred place and liturgical space: Florence's renaissance churches Robert W. Gaston; 14. Memorial chapels in churches: The privatization and transformation of sacred spaces Jonathan Katz Nelson; 15. The aural space of the sacred in renaissance Florence Peter Howard; 16. Identity and alliance: urban presence, spatial privilege, and Florentine renaissance convents Saundra Weddle; Part VI. Across Space and Time: 17. The workshop as the space of collaborative artisitic production Anabel Thomas; 18. The replicated image in Florence, 1300–1600 Patricia Emison; 19. From the workshop to the academy: the emergence of the artist in renaissance Florence Andrea Bolland.
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Did you ever wonder what societal conditions produced the miracle of Renaissance Florence? This book goes a long way towards making connections between what was happening on the ground in Florence in the 13th -15th century and how the social life of the city in all of its many elements created an atmosphere one of the greatest artistic flowerings in the history of Western Civilization. I highly recommend the book.