The Court Cities of Northern Italy: Milan, Parma, Piacenza, Mantua, Ferrara, Bologna, Urbino, Pesaro, and Rimini

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Charles M. Rosenberg
Cambridge University Press, Jun 21, 2010 - Art - 423 pages
This volume examines the painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and architecture produced in nine important court cities of Italy during the course of the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries. The six essays, which were specially commissioned for this volume, examine the development of patronage as well as the production of art in Milan, Parma, Piacenza, Mantua, Ferrara, Bologna, Urbino, Pesaro, and Rimini. They explore the interaction of artists and their civic and/or courtly patrons within the context of prevailing cultural, political, and religious circumstances. Although each chapter represents a separate study of a particular geographical locale, many common themes emerge, including the nature of artistic practice; the concept of the court artist; the politics of local and foreign styles; the role of corporate and individual patronage and production; the circulation of artists and images in Northern Italy and beyond; the function of art in constructing individual and group identity; and the relationships among science, theology, and the visual arts, particularly in the sixteenth century. A multifaceted consideration of the art created for princes, prelates, confraternities, and civic authorities - works displayed in public squares, private palaces, churches, and town halls - Northern Court Cities of Italy provides a rich supplement to traditional accounts of the artistic heritage of the Italian Renaissance, which have traditionally focused on the Florentine, Venetian, and Roman traditions. The book includes both 35 color plates and 221 black and white illustrations.
 

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Contents

introduction
1
patrons artists and audiences
21
173
52
art patronage
71
Color Plates VIII Correggio Madonna of St Jerome
85
Correggio Camera di San Paolo 1519
95
174
98
Raphael The Sistine Madonna
101
Annibale Agostino and Ludovico 210 Piero della Francesca Brera Altarpiece
198
art patronage and civic identities
244
Jacopo della Quercia St Petronius
258
Bentivoglio Chapel mid
266
Amico Aspertini Martyrdom of Saints
272
1583 Santa Maria della Carita
293
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Color platesfollowpage224 ScalaArt Resource
102
Paolo Ponzoni View of Parma 1573
107
Antonis Mor Portrait of Alessandro Farnese
113
mantua and
138
Descriptio engraving 1628 Mantua
140
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113
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estense patronage and the construction
196
art patronage in renaissance urbino pesaro
325
Matteo de Pasti Medal of Castel 214 Studiolo Palazzo Ducale Urbino 1476
342
Piero della Francesca Sigismondo Washington D C c 2004 Board
349
Joos van Ghent Institution of the NY
355
Bibliography
369
Index
411
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Charles Rosenberg is Professor of Art History at the University of Notre Dame. A recipient of an NEH Rome Prize Fellowship and an I Tatti NEH Fellowship, he is the author of The Este Monuments and Urban Development in Renaissance Ferrara and editor of Art and Politics in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Italy, 1250-1515.

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