Art of Renaissance Florence: A City and Its Legacy

Art of Renaissance Florence: A City and Its Legacy

by Scott Nethersole


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In this vivid account Scott Nethersole examines the remarkable period of cultural, artistic, and intellectual blossoming in Florence from 1400 to 1520—the period traditionally known as the Early and High Renaissance. He looks at the city and its art with fresh eyes, presenting the well-known within a wider context of cultural reference. Key works of art—from painting, sculpture, and architecture to illuminated manuscripts—by artists such as Michelangelo, Donatello, Botticelli, and Brunelleschi are showcased alongside the unexpected and less familiar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786273420
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Series: Renaissance Art Series
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 828,438
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.87(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Scott Nethersole is Senior Lecturer in Italian Renaissance Art, 1400–1500, at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London. He was formerly Harry M. Weinrebe Curatorial Assistant at the National Gallery, London. Fifteenth-century Florence is his particular field of interest and expertise, on which he has published widely. His book Art and Violence in Early Renaissance Florence will be published by Yale University Press in 2018.

Table of Contents

Map of Florence 6

Introduction 8

1 Symbols, Saints and Heroes 14

2 Telling Tales: The Story of Florentine Art 28

3 Writing about Art 46

4 Guilds, Confraternities and Competition 64

5 Patronage Networks 82

6 The Patronage of Women 102

7 Style I: Perspectives on Space 120

8 Style II: A Turn to Nature or a Return to the Antique? 138

9 Modes of Viewing: Sacred and Secular Art 164

10 Medium and Material 184

Conclusion: A Self-Conscious Art 206

Primary Sources 211

Bibliography 215

Index 219

Picture Credits 224

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