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


Author: Richard A. Goldthwaite
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801852350
Category: Art
Page: 266
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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
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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
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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.

In Praise of Commercial Culture


Author: Tyler COWEN
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674001886
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 288
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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.

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
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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.

Die Wechselwirkung zwischen unternehmerischer Innovation und Kunst

Eine wissenschaftliche Untersuchung in der Renaissance und am Beispiel der Medici
Author: Jeannette zu Fürstenberg
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3834945099
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 237
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Die Auseinandersetzung mit künstlerischen Arbeits- und Ausdrucksformen fördert die unternehmerische Innovationsfähigkeit, da zwischen beidem eine innere Verwandtschaft besteht. Dieser These folgt Jeannette zu Fürstenberg, indem sie wirtschaftliche und künstlerische Innovationen der Renaissance untersucht und dabei die Rolle der Medici als Entrepreneurs und als Mäzene herausarbeitet. Aufgrund einer strukturellen Auseinandersetzung mit Prinzipien von Entrepreneurship, Innovation und Kunst zeigt sie, dass das historische Phänomen auch für heutiges Unternehmertum instruktiv sein kann.

Editing Music in Early Modern Germany


Author: Susan Lewis Hammond
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9780754655732
Category: Music
Page: 265
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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.

The Early Modern Italian Domestic Interior, 1400–1700

Objects, Spaces, Domesticities
Author: Dr Elizabeth Carroll Consavari,Dr Stephanie R Miller,Professor Erin J Campbell
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1472411366
Category: Art
Page: 282
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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.

Italy in the Seventeenth Century


Author: Domenico Sella
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131790074X
Category: History
Page: 258
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In his comprehensive overview of 17th century Italy, Professor Sella challenges the old view that Italy was in general decline, instead he shows it to have been a time of sharp contrasts and shifts in fortune. He starts with a balanced and critical analysis of political developments (placing the Italian states in their wider European context) before assessing the state of the economy. He then looks in depth at society, religion, and culture and science and in particular reassesses the influence of the Counter Reformation on Italian life. His book ends with an engrossing account of the life and work of Galileo as well as an overview of the important and often neglected contributions made by other scientists in the later part of the century. This rich and balanced volume is an ideal introduction to early modern Italy, and provides a critical revaluation of a much misunderstood period in the country's history.

Gender, Taste, and Material Culture in Britain and North America, 1700-1830


Author: John Styles,Amanda Vickery
Publisher: Paul Mellon Ctr for Studies
ISBN: N.A
Category: Art
Page: 358
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Between 1700 and 1830, men and women in the English-speaking territories framing the Atlantic gained unprecedented access to material things. The British Atlantic was an empire of goods, held together not just by political authority and a common language, but by a shared material culture nourished by constant flows of commodities. Diets expanded to include exotic luxuries such as tea and sugar, the fruits of mercantile and colonial expansion. Homes were furnished with novel goods, like clocks and earthenware teapots, the products of British industrial ingenuity. This groundbreaking book compares these developments in Britain and North America, bringing together a multi-disciplinary group of scholars to consider basic questions about women, men, and objects in these regions. In asking who did the shopping, how things were used, and why they became the subject of political dispute, the essays show the profound significance of everyday objects in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world.

Florence: Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide


Author: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199809370
Category: History
Page: 42
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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.

Ceremonial Entries in Early Modern Europe

The Iconography of Power
Author: J.R. Mulryne,Maria Ines Aliverti,Anna Maria Testaverde
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1472432053
Category: History
Page: 404
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The fourteen essays that comprise this volume concentrate on festival iconography, the visual and written languages, including ephemeral and permanent structures, costume, dramatic performance, inscriptions and published festival books that ‘voiced’ the social, political and cultural messages incorporated in processional entries in the countries of early modern Europe. The volume also includes a transcript of the newly-discovered Register of Lionardo di Zanobi Bartholini, a Florentine merchant, which sets out in detail the expenses for each worker for the possesso (or Entry) of Pope Leo X to Rome in April 1513.

Living It Up

Our Love Affair with Luxury
Author: James B. Twitchell
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231500564
Category: Social Science
Page: 448
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Economic downturns and terrorist attacks notwithstanding, America's love affair with luxury continues unabated. Over the last several years, luxury spending in the United States has been growing four times faster than overall spending. It has been characterized by political leaders as vital to the health of the American economy as a whole, even as an act of patriotism. Accordingly, indices of consumer confidence and purchasing seem unaffected by recession. This necessary consumption of unnecessary items and services is going on at all but the lowest layers of society: J.C. Penney now offers day spa treatments; Kmart sells cashmere bedspreads. So many products are claiming luxury status today that the credibility of the category itself is strained: for example, the name "pashmina" had to be invented to top mere cashmere. We see luxury everywhere: in storefronts, advertisements, even in the workings of our imaginations. But what is it? How is it manufactured on the factory floor and in the minds of consumers? Who cares about it and who buys it? And how concerned should we be that luxuries are commanding a larger and larger percentage of both our disposable income and our aspirations? Trolling the upscale malls of America, making his way toward the Mecca of Las Vegas, James B. Twitchell comes to some remarkable conclusions. The democratization of luxury, he contends, has been the single most important marketing phenomenon of our times. In the pages of Living It Up, Twitchell commits the academic heresy of paying respect to popular luxury consumption as a force that has united the country and the globe in a way that no war, movement, or ideology ever has. What's more, he claims, the shopping experience for Americans today has its roots in the spiritual, the religious, and the transcendent. Deft and subtle writing, audacious ideas, and a fine sense of humor inform this entertaining and insightful book.

The Cambridge Companion to the Italian Renaissance


Author: Michael Wyatt
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521876060
Category: History
Page: 472
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Leading international contributors present a lively and interdisciplinary panorama of the Italian Renaissance as it has developed in recent decades.

The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe


Author: Judith M. Bennett,Ruth Mazo Karras
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191667307
Category: History
Page: 642
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The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe provides a comprehensive overview of the gender rules encountered in Europe in the period between approximately 500 and 1500 C.E. The essays collected in this volume speak to interpretative challenges common to all fields of women's and gender history - that is, how best to uncover the experiences of ordinary people from archives formed mainly by and about elite males, and how to combine social histories of lived experiences with cultural histories of gendered discourses and identities. The collection focuses on Western Europe in the Middle Ages but offers some consideration of medieval Islam and Byzantium. The Handbook is structured into seven sections: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim thought; law in theory and practice; domestic life and material culture; labour, land, and economy; bodies and sexualities; gender and holiness; and the interplay of continuity and change throughout the medieval period. It contains material from some of the foremost scholars in this field, and it not only serves as the major reference text in medieval and gender studies, but also provides an agenda for future new research.

Das Geld der Medici


Author: Tim Parks
Publisher: Antje Kunstmann
ISBN: 3888978351
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 271
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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.

Marriage, Dowry, and Citizenship in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy


Author: Julius Kirshner
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442664525
Category: History
Page: 448
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Through his research on the status of women in Florence and other Italian cities, Julius Kirshner helped to establish the socio-legal history of women in late medieval and Renaissance Italy and challenge the idea that Florentine women had an inferior legal position and civic status. In Marriage, Dowry, and Citizenship in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy, Kirshner collects nine important essays which address these issues in Florence and the cities of northern and central Italy. Using a cross-disciplinary approach that draws on the methodologies of both social and legal history, the essays in this collection present a wealth of examples of daughters, wives, and widows acting as full-fledged social and legal actors. Revised and updated to reflect current scholarship, the essays in Marriage, Dowry, and Citizenship in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy appear alongside an extended introduction which situates them within the broader field of Renaissance legal history.

The Oxford Handbook of the History of Consumption


Author: Frank Trentmann
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191624357
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 720
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The term 'consumption' covers the desire for goods and services, their acquisition, use, and disposal. The study of consumption has grown enormously in recent years, and it has been the subject of major historiographical debates: did the eighteenth century bring a consumer revolution? Was there a great divergence between East and West? Did the twentieth century see the triumph of global consumerism? Questions of consumption have become defining topics in all branches of history, from gender and labour history to political history and cultural studies. The Oxford Handbook of the History of Consumption offers a timely overview of how our understanding of consumption in history has changed in the last generation, taking the reader from the ancient period to the twenty-first century. It includes chapters on Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America, brings together new perspectives, highlights cutting-edge areas of research, and offers a guide through the main historiographical developments. Contributions from leading historians examine the spaces of consumption, consumer politics, luxury and waste, nationalism and empire, the body, well-being, youth cultures, and fashion. The Handbook also showcases the different ways in which recent historians have approached the subject, from cultural and economic history to political history and technology studies, including areas where multidisciplinary approaches have been especially fruitful.

Imagining Marketing

Art, Aesthetics and the Avant-Garde
Author: Stephen Brown,Anthony Patterson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134565496
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 320
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Imagination is a word that is widely used by marketing practitioners but rarely examined by marketing academics. This neglect is largely due to the imagination's 'artistic' connotations, which run counter to the 'scientific' mindset that dominates marketing scholarship. Of late, however, an artistic 'turn' has taken place in marketing research, and this topical study argues that the mantle of imagination has now passed on from the artist to the marketer. It contends, moreover, that the tools and techniques of artistic appreciation can be successfully applied to all manner of marketplace phenomena. Key features include: * the treatment of artistic artefacts as a source of marketing understanding * a detailed discussion surrounding the argument that marketers should adopt more imaginative modes of academic expression * an analysis of the kind of art that marketing is, and the place of imagination in marketing's artistic palette. This book provokes a new way of thinking about marketing, and will prove invaluable to marketing academics, researchers and practitioners.

Contesting the Renaissance


Author: William Caferro
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444391329
Category: History
Page: 264
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In this book, William Caferro asks if the Renaissance was really a period of progress, reason, the emergence of the individual, and the beginning of modernity. An influential investigation into the nature of the European Renaissance Summarizes scholarly debates about the nature of the Renaissance Engages with specific controversies concerning gender identity, economics, the emergence of the modern state, and reason and faith Takes a balanced approach to the many different problems and perspectives that characterize Renaissance studies