Renaissance Palace in Florence: Magnificence and Splendour in Fifteenth-Century Italyby James R. Lindow
Pub. Date: 07/30/2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
This book provides a reassessment of the theory of magnificence in light of the related social virtue of splendour. Author James Lindow highlights how magnificence, when applied to private palaces, extended beyond the exterior to include the interior as a series of splendid spaces where virtuous expenditure could and should be displayed. Examining the
This book provides a reassessment of the theory of magnificence in light of the related social virtue of splendour. Author James Lindow highlights how magnificence, when applied to private palaces, extended beyond the exterior to include the interior as a series of splendid spaces where virtuous expenditure could and should be displayed. Examining the fifteenth-century Florentine palazzo from a new perspective, Lindow's groundbreaking study considers these buildings comprehensively as complete entities, from the exterior through to the interior. This book highlights the ways in which classical theory and Renaissance practice intersected in quattrocento Florence. Using unpublished inventories, private documents and surviving domestic objects, The Renaissance Palace in Florence offers a more nuanced understanding of the early modern urban palace.
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Table of Contents
Contents: Preface; Introduction; Debated concepts: magnificence and splendour; The classical and medieval precedents for magnificence; The magnificence debate in 15th-century Florence; The currency of the magnificence debates in 15th-century Florence. Magnificent architecture; The motivation to build: for God, for the city and for oneself; Exemplary magnificence: building anew in the antique style; The principle of decorum in the architectural treatises of Alberti and Filarete. Going beyond the palace façade; Connecting the interior and exterior; The accessibility of the palace and its spaces; Magnificent hospitality in the splendid interior. The splendid interior; Rooms and their functions; Furniture and display in the splendid interior; La camera bella: the room made beautiful through domestic display. Conclusion; Appendices; Gabriello di Messer Bartolomeo Panciatichi (1430); I Gismondo di Messer Agniolo della Stufa (1495); The 'camera bella' of Lorenzo di Giovanni Tornabuoni (1497) Bibliography; Index.
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