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- DescriptionThe Festival of San Giovanni, Florence's elaborate celebration of the city's patron Saint, played a crucial role in the formation of Florentine communal identity. Although religious in origin, it was the most important civic holiday in the city. This study fully describes both the cult and festival of San Giovanni in Florence from the thirteenth through the sixteenth century and then focuses on how the Medici family manipulated the celebration for their own needs. In an original, interdisciplinary approach, this fascinating book answers the traditional question of how the Medici gained and maintained control of Florence by examining contemporary visual and literary images of the festival. The author's thorough study of a series of sixteenth-century frescoes in Palazzo Vecchio provides proof of that powerful family's personal vision of their destiny in their newly created Principate.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Heidi Chretien received her Ph.D. from SUNY at Buffalo and was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy. Dr. Chretien has extensive teaching experience in the United States and Florence, including an Assistant Professorship in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina/Wilmington. She continues to lecture frequently in Tuscany where she currently resides.
- Author(s)Heidi L Chretien
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication01/06/1994
- SubjectThe Arts: General & Reference
- Series TitleAmerican University Studies, Series 9: History
- Series Part/Volume Number138
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published1994
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Content Noteill.
- Weight430 g
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