The Italian Renaissance: Culture and Society in Italy / Edition 2

The Italian Renaissance: Culture and Society in Italy / Edition 2

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The Italian Renaissance: Culture and Society in Italy / Edition 2

In this newly revised edition of his widely acclaimed work, Peter Burke presents a social and cultural history of the Italian Renaissance. He discusses the social and political institutions that existed in Italy during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and he analyzes the ways of thinking and seeing that characterized this period of extraordinary artistic creativity. Developing a distinctive approach, the author is concerned not only with the finished works of Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and others, but also with the social background, patterns of recruitment, and means of subsistence of this "cultural elite." He thus makes a major contribution both to our understanding of the Italian Renaissance and to our comprehension of the complex relations between culture and society.

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ISBN-13: 9780691006789
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 04/26/1999
Edition description: Second
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. IThe Problem
1The Arts in Renaissance Italy13
2The Historians: The Discovery of Social and Cultural History27
Pt. IIThe Arts in their Milieu
3Artists and Writers43
4Patrons and Clients89
5The Uses of Works of Art125
Pt. IIIThe Wider Society
8Worldviews: Some Dominant Traits181
9The Social Framework209
10Cultural and Social Change235
11Comparisons and Conclusions248
AppThe Creative Elite257

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