The Building of Renaissance Florence: An Economic and Social History / Edition 1 available in Paperback
Awarded the Howard R. Marraro Prize by the American Historical Association
"Always fascinating... The reader will get from Goldthwaite's book on the economics of architecture a more lively and more authentic impression of life in Renaissance Florence than from many more general descriptions of Florentine culture." Felix Gilbert, New York Review of Books.
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Richard A. Goldthwaite is professor emeritus of history at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of The Building of Renaissance Florence: An Economic and Social History and Wealth and the Demand for Art in Italy, 1300–1600, both also published by Johns Hopkins.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a comprehensive recounting of Florence as a cultural center. It details the moral and ethical climate which gave rise to surplus income, which in turn led to "conspicuous consumption", which eventually gave us the rich cultural treasure which is Florence today. He includes lengthy discussions of the influence of the Medicis and others and goes into great detail about the organization of construction of the great edifices and the manner in which they were funded and planned. There is, for instance, a good deal of information about the manner in which "architects" were drawn from the ranks of masons, carpenters, and other craftsman, as well as an in-depth discussion of the impact of Alberti and the manner in which he wrote mainly for the persons most likely to commission great structures, rather than for those who would build them.All in all, this is a very readable and informative book.