The Patron's Oeuvre
Author: Dale V. Kent
"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
Interpreting the Noli me tangere and Doubting Thomas
Author: Professor Lisa M Rafanelli,Professor Erin E Benay
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
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.
Author: Achatz von Müller,Jürgen von Ungern-Sternberg
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
Die Herausforderung durch "das Neue" hat sich zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts noch einmal entscheidend verscharft. Bio-, Nano- und Medienwissenschaftler verkunden zum wiederholten Male Veranderungen, die das Gesicht und die Ordnung der "Welt" tiefgreifend umgestalten werden. Futurologen sprechen sogar von einer "zweiten Evolution," die sich bereits jetzt ankundige. Die Wahrnehmung des Neuen ist aber selbst eine historische Variable. Deshalb werden in diesem Bande zwei paradigmatische Typen von Gesellschaften auf ihren Umfang mit dem Neuen hin untersucht: eine traditionale, die Antike, und eine modernisierende, die Renaissance. Inhaltlich geht es in beiden Bereichen um Fragen der Kunst- und Literaturtheorie, der asthetischen und politischen Praxis, der gesellschaftlichen Herausforderungen, die das Neue begleiten, bis hin zu dem direkten Vergleich zweier herausragender Gestalten der beiden Epochen: Augustus und Cosimo di Medici. Dabei werden in den Aufsatzen von Altertumswissenschaftlern und Spezialisten fur die Renaissance Konzepte unterschiedlicher historischer Gesellschaften nach ihren mentalen Dispositionen und Methoden befragt, um Traditionsbruche, Innovationen sowie Imaginationen "des Neuen" zu reflektieren."
Antiquities and Archaeology in Sixteenth-century Florence
Author: Andrea Gáldy
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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.
Gender, Art and Culture in Early Modern Italy
Author: Joyce de Vries
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Company
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.
Varieties of Cultural Expression in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Author: Francis William Kent,Charles Zika
Publisher: Brepols Pub
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.
Author: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Includes: biographies of fellows appointed; reappointments; publications, musical compositions, academic appointments and index of fellows.
Author: Professor Jane Couchman,Professor Katherine A McIver,Professor Allyson M Poska
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Category: Literary Criticism
This Companion presents an authoritative review of the current research on women and gender in early modern Europe from a multidisciplinary perspective. The authors examine women’s lives, ideologies of gender and the differences between ideology and reality through the recent research across many disciplines, including history, literary studies, art history, musicology, history of science and medicine and religious studies.
Author: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
This ebook is a selective guide designed to help scholars and students of Islamic studies find reliable sources of information by directing them to the best available scholarly materials in whatever form or format they appear from books, chapters, and journal articles to online archives, electronic data sets, and blogs. Written by a leading international authority on the subject, the ebook provides bibliographic information supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult and editorial commentary to make it clear how the cited sources are interrelated related. This ebook is a static version of an article from Oxford Bibliographies Online: Renaissance and Reformation, a dynamic, continuously updated, online resource designed to provide authoritative guidance through scholarship and other materials relevant to the study of European history and culture between the 14th and 17th centuries. Oxford Bibliographies Online covers most subject disciplines within the social science and humanities, for more information visit www.oxfordbibliographies.com.
Author: Susan Bracken,Andrea M. Gáldy
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
In looking at the history of collecting, one may be excused for regarding it as an activity in which, traditionally, women have shown little interest or in which they have not been involved. As the present volume shows, women—particularly aristocratic women—not only resisted this discrimination through the ages, but also built important collections and used them to their own advantage, in order to make statements about their lineage, power, cultural heritage or religious preferences. That is not to say that there was not an increasing number of middle-class women who became draughtswomen, painters and natural scientists and who found it equally beneficial for their chosen profession to collect. In every case, the female collector chose to collect and what to collect; she chose how and where to present the collection and she also decided when to dispose of objects, thereby occasionally taking on a curatorial role. Women have been seen as gatherers of furnishings, jewellery, dress and objects of domestic life. This third volume in the Collecting & Display series of conference proceedings challenges such perceptions through the detailed analysis of different types of collecting by women from the early modern period onwards; it thus seeks to give a voice to a group of important female collectors from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century whose importance for the history of collecting has not yet, or not sufficiently, been acknowledged.
Author: Benvenuto 1500-1571 Cellini,Johann Wolfgang Von 1749-1832 Goethe
Publisher: Wentworth Press
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Author: Tim Parks
Publisher: Antje Kunstmann
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Die Medici umgibt bis heute der Mythos einer Dynastie unermesslich reicher und kunstsinniger Herrscher, die das moderne Bankwesen erfanden und ihre Heimatstadt Florenz mit den schönsten Werken der Renaissance schmückten. Tatsächlich brauchte man im Florenz des 15. Jahrhunderts mehr als finanzielles Geschick, um sich an der Macht zu halten: Geld gegen Zins zu verleihen, galt der Kirche als Wucher. Die Macht der Medici stand auf schwankendem Boden, wie Tim Parks zeigt. Die Bank, 1397 gegründet, brach bereits 1494 zusammen. Knapp 100 Jahre, die unser Verständnis der Beziehung zwischen Hochkultur und Kreditwesen sowie von der Verquickung von Religion und Politik entscheidend prägen sollten.