Wealth and the Demand for Art in Italy, 1300-1600

Author: Richard A. Goldthwaite
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801852350
Category: Art
Page: 266
View: 1031
Wealth and the Demand for Art in Italy represents a departure from previous studies, both in its focus on demand and in its emphasis on the history of the material culture of the West. By demonstrating that the roots of modern consumer society can be found in Renaissance Italy, Richard Goldthwaite offers a significant contribution to the growing body of literature on the history of modern consumerism—a movement which he regards as a positive force for the formation of new attitudes about things that is a defining characteristic of modern culture.

The Economy of Renaissance Florence

Author: Richard A. Goldthwaite
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 0801889820
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 649
View: 9215
Clarifies and explains the complex workings of Florence's commercial, banking, and artisan sectors. This book focuses on the urban economy of Florence itself, including various industries, merchants, artisans, and investors.

The Building of Renaissance Florence

An Economic and Social History
Author: Richard A. Goldthwaite
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801829772
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 459
View: 4532
Patrons - The Guilds - Strozzi family - Succhielli family.

The Silk Industry of Renaissance Venice

Author: Luca Molà
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 0801876559
Category: History
Page: 480
View: 7101
His findings contribute in an important way to the ongoing scholarly assessment of Venice's place in the economy of the Renaissance and the Mediterranean world.

The Early Modern Italian Domestic Interior, 1400–1700

Objects, Spaces, Domesticities
Author: Erin J. Campbell,Stephanie R. Miller,Elizabeth Carroll Consavari
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317034899
Category: Art
Page: 288
View: 5990
Emphasizing on the one hand the reconstruction of the material culture of specific residences, and on the other, the way in which particular domestic objects reflect, shape, and mediate family values and relationships within the home, this volume offers a distinct contribution to research on the early modern Italian domestic interior. Though the essays mainly take an art historical approach, the book is interdisciplinary in that it considers the social implications of domestic objects for family members of different genders, age, and rank, as well as for visitors to the home. By adopting a broad chronological framework that encompasses both Renaissance and Baroque Italy, and by expanding the regional scope beyond Florence and Venice to include domestic interiors from less studied centers such as Urbino, Ferrara, and Bologna, this collection offers genuinely new perspectives on the home in early modern Italy.

Mad Blood Stirring

Vendetta and Factions in Friuli During the Renaissance
Author: Edward Muir
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801858499
Category: History
Page: 208
View: 326
Nobles were slaughtered and their castles looted or destroyed, bodies were dismembered and corpses fed to animals—the Udine carnival massacre of 1511 was the most extensive and damaging popular revolt in Renaissance Italy (and the basis for the story of Romeo and Juliet). Mad Blood Stirring is a gripping account and analysis of this event, as well as the social structures and historical conflicts preceding it and the subtle shifts in the mentality of revenge it introduced. This new reader's edition offers students and general readers an abridged version of this classic work which shifts the focus from specialized scholarly analysis to the book's main theme: the role of vendetta in city and family politics. Uncovering the many connections between the carnival motifs, hunting practices, and vendetta rituals, Muir finds that the Udine massacre occurred because, at that point in Renaissance history, violent revenge and allegiance to factions provided the best alternative to failed political institutions. But the carnival massacre also marked a crossroads: the old mentality of vendetta was soon supplanted by the emerging sense that the direct expression of anger should be suppressed—to be replaced by duels.

Shopping in the Renaissance

Consumer Cultures in Italy 1400-1600
Author: Evelyn S. Welch
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300107524
Category: History
Page: 403
View: 4933
Shopping was as important in the Renaissance as it is in the 21st century. This book breaks new ground in the area of Renaissance material culture, focussing on the marketplace in its various aspects, ranging from middle-class to courtly consumption and from the provision of foodstuffs to the acquisition of antiquities and holy relics. It asks how men and women of different social classes went out into the streets, squares and shops to buy the goods they needed and wanted on a daily or on a once-in-a-lifetime basis during the Renaissance period. Drawing on a detailed mixture of archival, literary and visual sources, she exposes the fears, anxieties and social possibilities of the Renaissance marketplace. Thereafter, Welch looks at the impact these attitudes had on the developing urban spaces of Renaissance cities, before turning to more transient forms of sales such as fairs, auctions and lotteries. In the third section, she examines the consumers themselves, asking how the mental, verbal and visual images of the market shaped the business of buying and selling. Finally, the book explores two seemingly very different types of commodities - antiquities and indulgences, both of which posed dramatic challenges to contemporary notions of market value and to the concept of commodification itself.

In Praise of Commercial Culture

Author: Tyler COWEN
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674001886
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 278
View: 2805
Does a market economy encourage or discourage music, literature, and the visual arts? Do economic forces of supply and demand help or harm the pursuit of creativity? This book seeks to redress the current intellectual and popular balance and to encourage a more favorable attitude toward the commercialization of culture that we associate with modernity. Economist Tyler Cowen argues that the capitalist market economy is a vital but underappreciated institutional framework for supporting a plurality of co-existing artistic visions, providing a steady stream of new and satisfying creations, supporting both high and low culture, helping consumers and artists refine their tastes, and paying homage to the past by capturing, reproducing, and disseminating it. Contemporary culture, Cowen argues, is flourishing in its various manifestations, including the visual arts, literature, music, architecture, and the cinema. Successful high culture usually comes out of a healthy and prosperous popular culture. Shakespeare and Mozart were highly popular in their own time. Beethoven's later, less accessible music was made possible in part by his early popularity. Today, consumer demand ensures that archival blues recordings, a wide array of past and current symphonies, and this week's Top 40 hit sit side by side in the music megastore. High and low culture indeed complement each other. Cowen's philosophy of cultural optimism stands in opposition to the many varieties of cultural pessimism found among conservatives, neo-conservatives, the Frankfurt School, and some versions of the political correctness and multiculturalist movements, as well as historical figures, including Rousseau and Plato. He shows that even when contemporary culture is thriving, it appears degenerate, as evidenced by the widespread acceptance of pessimism. He ends by considering the reasons why cultural pessimism has such a powerful hold on intellectuals and opinion-makers.

Bazaar to piazza

Author: N.A
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Page: N.A
View: 4900

Lorenzo De' Medici and the Art of Magnificence

Author: F. W. Kent
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801886270
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 248
View: 339
"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.

The Bon Marche

Bourgeois Culture and the Department Store, 1869-1920
Author: Michael B. Miller
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400856116
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 280
View: 7852
In this comprehensive social history of the Bon Marche, the Parisian department store that was the largest in the world before 1914, Michael Miller explores the bourgeois identities, ambitions, and anxieties that the new emporia so vividly dramatized. Through an original interpretation of paternalism, public images, and family-firm relationships, he shows how this new business enterprise succeeded in reconciling traditional values with the coming of an age of mass consumption and bureaucracy. Originally published in 1981. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Worldly Goods

A New History of the Renaissance
Author: Lisa Jardine
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393318661
Category: History
Page: 470
View: 2863
Explores significant business dealings between artists and patrons in a historical tour through the Renaissance that posits that the period's fabulous advances in culture were tied to the creation of wealth

Women, Art, and Architecture in Northern Italy, 1520-1580

Negotiating Power
Author: Katherine A. McIver
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9780754654117
Category: Art
Page: 282
View: 2628
Katherine A. McIver here adds a new dimension to Renaissance patronage studies by considering domestic art; she looks at women as collectors of precious material goods, organizers of the early modern home, and decorators of its interior. Using her subjects' financial records, McIver provides insights into Renaissance women's economic rights and responsibilities, and also provides a new model for understanding what women of the period bought, displayed, collected and commissioned.

Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy

A Primer in the Social History of Pictorial Style
Author: Michael Baxandall
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
ISBN: 9780192821447
Category: Art
Page: 183
View: 6737
This book is both an introduction to fifteenth-century Italian painting, and a primer in how to read social history out of the style of pictures. It examines the commercial practice of the early Renaissance picture, trade in contracts, letters, and accounts; and it explains how the visual skills and habits evolved in the daily life of any society enter into its painters' style. Renaissance painting is related for instance to experience of such activities as preaching, dancing, and gauging barrels. This second edition contains an appendix, the original Latin and Italian texts referred to throughout the book, giving the student access to all the relevant, authentic sources.

A History of Business in Medieval Europe, 1200-1550

Author: Edwin S. Hunt,James Murray
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521499231
Category: History
Page: 277
View: 8383
This book reviews business in medieval western Europe, probing its Roman and Christian heritage to discover the economic and political forces that shaped its organization.

Architecture and memory

the Renaissance studioli of Federico de Montefeltro
Author: Robert Kirkbride
Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr
ISBN: 9780231142489
Category: Architecture
Page: 233
View: 8249
The studioli of the ducal palaces at Urbino and Gubbio, Italy, demonstrate architecture's capacity to transact between the mental and physical realms of human experience. Constructed between 1474 and 1483 for the military captain Federico da Montefeltro and his young motherless son, the studioli may be described as treasuries of emblems: they contain not things but images of things, rendered with remarkable perspectival exactitude. These small, image-filled chambers reflect how architecture and its ornament equipped a quattrocento mind with metaphors for wisdom and methods for statecraft and intellectual activity. Drawing on the densely layered imagery in the studioli and text sources readily available to the Urbino court, Robert Kirkbride examines the position of the studioli in the Western tradition of the memory arts, considering how architecture bridged the mathematical arts, which lent themselves to mechanical pursuits, and the art of rhetoric, a discipline central to memory and eloquence. As subtle ramifications of material and mental craft, the studioli provided ideal methods for education and prudent governance, extending an ancient legacy of open-ended models that were conceived to activate the imagination and exercise the memory. At the time of their construction, the studioli represented the leading edge of technologies of visual representation and offer a case study of how contemporary advances in interactive technologies reactivate and transform ancient metaphors for thought and learning.

The Legacy of Scholasticism in Economic Thought

Antecedents of Choice and Power
Author: Odd Langholm
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521621595
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 215
View: 1125
This book is a study in the history of economic thought. It deals with the economics of exchange, that is, with prices, wages and interest rates. Those who pay a certain price or interest rate, or work at a certain wage, may agree to do so because they are in economic need. They are thus in a sense compelled and not free to choose. This problem was first discussed by teachers in the medieval universities. This book follows the discussion from the Middle Ages to the present.

Editing Music in Early Modern Germany

Author: Susan Lewis Hammond
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9780754655732
Category: Music
Page: 265
View: 1974
Editing Music in Early Modern Germany argues that editors played a critical role in the transmission and reception of Italian music outside Italy. Like their counterparts in the world of classical learning, Renaissance music editors translated texts and reworked settings from Venetian publications, adapting them to the needs of northern audiences. Their role is most evident in the emergence of the anthology as the primary vehicle for the distribution of madrigals outside Italy. The book suggests that music editors defined the appropriation of Italian music through the same processes of adaptation, transformation and domestication evident in the broader reception of Italy north of the Alps. Through these studies, Susan Lewis Hammond's work reassesses the importance of northern Europe in the history of the madrigal and its printing.

Patronage in Renaissance Italy

From 1400 to the Early Sixteenth Century
Author: Professor Mary Hollingsworth
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781910198551
Page: 672
View: 1387
'A superb, information-packed book' The Art Book 'A vivid, lively account of a complex society in which art was made to express the wealth, status, worldly concerns and religious aspirations of its patrons.' Art Quarterly 'She writes authoritatively, drawing on a vast store of knowledge.' Frances Spalding, The Sunday Times 'A refreshing contrast to the abstraction and intellectual constipation that characterise much of the cultural history written in Italy.' Apollo A comprehensive study of the patrons of fifteenth-century Italian art, this book investigates the role they played in the evolution of the Renaissance and the revival of the styles and themes of the art of ancient Rome. This process was far from uniform: the classical tradition provided flattering models not only for absolute rulers of Italy's many principalities, but also for the republican governments of Florence and Venice, and even for the pope in Rome. Above all, these fifteenth-century patrons were Christian, and much of the art they commissioned gave visual expression to their religious beliefs and duties. This book examines how and why they financed their projects, what factors lay behind their choice of themes and styles, and the extent to which they themselves were involved in the final appearance of these palaces, churches, statues, altarpieces and fresco cycles which form a landmark in the history of European art.