The World of the Florentine Renaissance Artist: Projects and Patrons, Workshop and Art Market

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First published in German in 1938 and later translated into English, this classic of Italian Renaissance historiography centres on the relationship between Florentine art and the conditions under which it was created. In rich detail, Martin Wackernagel explores the impact of patronage and function, widespread demand for art, workshop techniques, and businesses practices on artists' lives and the results they achieved

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Overview

First published in German in 1938 and later translated into English, this classic of Italian Renaissance historiography centres on the relationship between Florentine art and the conditions under which it was created. In rich detail, Martin Wackernagel explores the impact of patronage and function, widespread demand for art, workshop techniques, and businesses practices on artists' lives and the results they achieved

Wackernagel stresses the changing roles of commissions and patrons in the late fourteenth to the early fifteenth centuries, from small-scale enterprise under Lorenzo de Medici to the large-scale development of major Florentine monuments. Through this, he highlights the development of major civic and religious artistic complexes such as the Palazzo Vecchio, the Cathedral and Baptistery, and the convent of Santa Maria Novella. This volume also features a biography of the author and an essay on important later publications related to Wackernagel's themes and arguments.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442611849
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 3/5/2011
  • Series: RSART: Renaissance Society of America Reprint Text Series , #18
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 488
  • Sales rank: 1,035,672
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Wackernagel was professor emeritus of Art History at M√ľnster University (Westfalen).

Alison Luchs is curator of early European sculpture at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Acknowledgments

Translator's Introduction

Abbreviations

Author's Preface

Author's Introduction

PART I The Commissions

CHAPTER 1 Great Projects and Work on Them from 1420 to 1530

  • The Duomo and Baptistery
  • The Church and Convent of Santa Maria Novella
  • The Palazzo Vecchio

CHAPTER 2 Sculptural Commissions

  • Sculpture for Church Buildings
  • Sculpture for Domestic Buildings

CHAPTER 3 Painting Commissions

  • Wall Painting and Stained Glass in the Interior of Churches and Convent Buildings
  • Panel Painting in Sacred Settings
  • Banners and Vestments
  • Paintings in Domestic Interiors
  • Household Paintings on Wood and Canvas
  • Painting on the Exterior of Buildings and Throughout the Cityscape

CHAPTER 4 Artistic Participation in the Staging of Public Festivities and Spectacles

PART II The Patrons

CHAPTER 5 The City Government and the Guilds

CHAPTER 6 Private Patronage in the Early and Mid-Quattrocento

  • Representatives of the First Stage of the Early Renaissance
  • Giovanni Rucellai and Cosimo de' Medici
  • Cosimo?s Sons, Piero and Giovanni de' Medici

Attitudes and Forms of Patronage

CHAPTER 7 Lorenzo Magnifico, Piero di Lorenzo, and Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de? Medici

CHAPTER 8 Patrons from the Medici Circle in Florence and the Netherlands: the Sassetti, Portinari, Tornabuoni, Filippo Strozzi, and Others

CHAPTER 9 Patrons of the High Renaissance and Extra-Florentine Commissioners and Collectors

CHAPTER 10 The General Attitude toward Art: The Public and the Artist

PART III The Artist?s Workshop and the Art Market

CHAPTER 11 The Artist Class: Its Numerical Strength, Professional Organization, and Occupational Divisions

CHAPTER 12 Studios and their Working Procedures

  • Living and Working Places and the Organization of Work: Master, Assistants, and Apprentices
  • The Process of Sculpture
  • The Painter's Working Procedure: Drawing
  • Execution of Panel and Wall Paintings
  • The New Generation of Artists: Training for Apprentices and Assistants

CHAPTER 13 Business Practices in the Workshop and Art Market

  • Price Formation and Forms of Payment
  • Economic Status of Artists

CHAPTER 14 The Artists

  • Class Status and Class Consciousness
  • The Artist as a Person, his Social Circle, his Way of Life and Work
  • The Artistic Temperament and Range of Interests
  • The Artistic Type in Contemporary Society

Author's Bibliography

Translator's Bibliography

Index

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