by Francis Ames-Lewis (Editor)


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This volume examines works of art in a variety of media produced in Florence during the period from 1300 to 1600. Chronologically organized, each chapter examines works of art and architecture within the context of the major political, social, economic, and cultural events of the period. Patterns of patronage, both secular and religious, that accompanied changes in political authority as power shifted from Republican regimes to rule by the Medici family and back are also assessed. The volume follows the movements and trends that were initiated by Florentine artists beginning with Giotto in the fourteenth century; then followed a century later by Masaccio, Donatello, Brunelleschi, and Michelangelo; and finally the achievements of sixteenth-century artists such as Cellini, Bronzino, and Vasari. The book is lavishly illustrated in both black and white and color.

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ISBN-13: 9780521851626
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/14/2011
Series: Artistic Centers of the Italian Renaissance
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Francis Ames-Lewis is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has edited or co-edited ten volumes of collected essays and conference papers, and has contributed numerous articles to scholarly journals and books. He is the author of several books, including Drawing in Early Renaissance Italy, The Draftsman Raphael and The Intellectual Life of the Early Renaissance Artist.

Table of Contents

Introduction Francis Ames-Lewis; 1. Florence, 1300-1600 Francis W. Kent; 2. Florence before the black death Janet Robson; 3. The arts in Florence after the black death Louise Bourdua; 4. Republican Florence, 1400-1434 Adrian W. B. Randolph; 5. The Florence of Cosimo 'Il Vecchio' de' Medici: within and beyond the walls Roger J. Crum; 6. Art and cultural identity in Lorenzo de' Medici's Florence Caroline Elam; 7. Republican Florence and the arts, 1494-1513 Jill Burke; 8. Florence under the Medici pontificates, 1513-1537 William E. Wallace; 9. Cosimi I and the arts Elizabeth Pilliod.

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