Cosimo De' Medici and the Florentine Renaissance

The Patron's Oeuvre


Author: Dale V. Kent

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0300081286

Category: Art

Page: 537

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"Cosimo de'Medici (1389-1464), the fabulously wealthy banker who became the leading citizen of Florence in the fifteenth century, spent lavishly as the city's most important patron of art and literature. This book is the first comprehensive examination of the whole body of works of art and architecture commissioned by Cosimo and his sons. By looking closely at this spectacular group of commissions, we gain an entirely new picture of their patron, and of the patron's point of view. Recurrent themes in the commissions - from Fra Angelico's San Marco altarpiece to the Medici palace - indicate the main interests to which Cosimo's patronage gave visual expression. Dale Kent offers new insights and perspectives on the individual objects comprising the Medici oeuvre by setting them within the context of civic and popular culture in early Renaissance Florence, and of Cosimo's life as the leader of the Medici lineage and the dominant force in the governing elite." "From the wealth of available documentation illuminating Cosimo de'Medici's life, the author considers how his own experience influenced his patronage; how the culture of Renaissance Florence provided a common idiom for the patron, his artists, and his audience; what he preferred and intended as a patron; and how focussing on his patronage of art alters the image of him that is based on his roles as banker and politician. Cosimo was as much a product as a shaper of Florentine society, Kent concludes. She identifies civic patriotism and devotion as the main themes of his oeuvre and argues that religious imperatives may well have been more important than political ones in shaping the art for which he was responsible and its reception."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Faith, Gender and the Senses in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art

Interpreting the Noli me tangere and Doubting Thomas


Author: Professor Lisa M Rafanelli,Professor Erin E Benay

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472444736

Category: Art

Page: 304

View: 3030

Taking the Noli me tangere and Doubting Thomas episodes as a focal point, this study examines how visual representations of two of the most compelling and related Christian stories engaged with changing devotional and cultural ideals in Renaissance and Baroque Italy. By reuniting their visual examples with important, often little-known textual sources, the authors reveal a complex relationship between visual imagery, the senses, contemporary attitudes toward gender, and the shaping of belief.

Lorenzo De' Medici and the Art of Magnificence


Author: F. W. Kent

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801886270

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 248

View: 5392

"Historian F.W. Kent offers a new look at Lorenzo's relationship to the arts, aesthetics, collecting, and building - especially in the context of his role as the political boss (maestro della bottega) of republican Florence and a leading player in Renaissance Italian diplomacy. Kent's approach reveals Lorenzo's activities as an art patron as far more extensive and creative than previously thought. Known as "the Magnificent," Lorenzo was broadly interested in the arts and supported efforts to beautify Florence and the many Medici lands and palaces. His expertise was well regarded by guildsmen and artists, who often turned to him for advice as well as for patronage.

Cosimo I De'Medici as Collector

Antiquities and Archaeology in Sixteenth-century Florence


Author: Andrea Gáldy

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing


Category: History

Page: 571

View: 8324

This study is exploring the collections and the collector's aims in putting together one of the major examples of a princely collection of antiquities. Both the categories of the objects and the forms of display adopted at different times during Cosimo's reign are discussed in the historical context of a developing and expanding independent principality. Using a wealth of (mostly unpublished) archival sources, this volume attempts to reconstruct as far as possible the collection and its display in Florence. It also sets out the archaeological and artistic context of Cosimo's collection of antiquities that survives in part in the Florentine museums. Cosimo I de' Medici (1519-1574) collected antiquities from the moment he became Duke of Florence in January 1537. In so doing he continued a family tradition from the previous century and also connected with the cultural politics of the main line of the house of Medici.

Caterina Sforza and the Art of Appearances

Gender, Art and Culture in Early Modern Italy


Author: Joyce de Vries

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780754667513

Category: Art

Page: 303

View: 2122

In the first major book in four decades on Caterina Sforza, Joyce de Vries presents a comprehensive study of the famous Italian noblewoman's cultural endeavors. De Vries explores Sforza's patronage, collecting, and participation in ritual practices, the complex connections between prescriptive literature and women's actions, and the mutability of Early Modern gender roles. The book also shows how Sforza's status as an exceptional woman developed in the centuries after her death.

Rituals, Images, and Words

Varieties of Cultural Expression in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe


Author: Francis William Kent,Charles Zika

Publisher: Brepols Pub


Category: History

Page: 439

View: 8896

This collection of essays by Australian scholars offers a wealth of contemporary perspectives on cultural communication amongst men and women in late medieval and early modern Europe. Essays dealing with Florence and Venice, with Rome, Lucca, Ferrara, and Bologna, as well as with Germany, England, and Lorraine, draw attention to the array of cultural expressions which competed for space and influence across European societies. These rich studies demonstrate the vitality of cultural production during a period of rapid and often violent transition. Variously focussed on formal religious rites, on painting, sculpture, and woodcuts, on sermons, poetry, and letters, the contributors pursue cultural meaning as a matter of social identity and social context - as a performance that can be shown to affirm and also exclude particular topical values. Rituals, Images and Words highlights the complex and subtle power of rhetorical forms in the history and historiography of late medieval and early modern Europe.

The Patron's Payoff

Conspicuous Commissions in Italian Renaissance Art


Author: Jonathan Katz Nelson,Richard Zeckhauser

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691125411

Category: Art

Page: 234

View: 5483

An analysis of Italian Renaissance art from the perspective of the patrons who made 'conspicuous commissions', this text builds on three concepts from the economics of information - signaling, signposting, and stretching - to develop a systematic methodology for assessing the meaning of patronage.