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- Description'Entertainingly written with a wonderful eye for detail, it provides a useful grounding for any introduction to the historical context in which the works of art were produced.' English Historical Review 'She carefully weaves together political circumstances, personal ambitions and evocative detail to create a backdrop for the activities of patrons.' Burlington Magazine 'An important contribution to the study of the Reformation as well as to the history of art in a crucial and wonderfully fecund period.' The Catholic Herald 'It will be of use t just to the scholar but to anyone who travels in Italy and has wondered about the why and the how of some of the greatest masterpieces of European art.' Independent on Sunday A comprehensive study of the patrons of sixteenth-century Italian art, this book investigates the motives behind the commissioning of the magnificent palaces, villas, churches, statues, portraits, fresco cycles and altarpieces for which this period is justly celebrated. This was a century of famous patron-artist partnerships: Pope Julius II and Bramante and the rebuilding of St Peter's; Pope Paul III and Michelangelo's Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel; Palladio's beautiful villas in the Veneto for Venetian patricians; and Vasari's work for Cosimo I that established Florence as a centre of artistic excellence. The book examines how these patrons financed their projects, what factors lay behind their choice of styles and themes and their often complex relationships with their artists, agents and advisors in an era of momentous political and religious change.
- Author BiographyMary Hollingsworth has a B.Sc. in business studies and a Ph.D. in art history. Her doctoral thesis dealt with the role of the architect in Italian Renaissance building projects and led to research on the role of the patron in the development of Renaissance art and architecture, a subject she taught to undergraduates and postgraduates, and published in two books (see below). Her subsequent work on the papers of Cardinal Ippolito d'Este considerably broadened her horizons, and expertise, well beyond the confines of art history into the everyday world of Renaissance Europe. She has published widely on these topics in academic journals and was one of the senior academics on the Material Renaissance Project, a collaborative project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Board and the Getty Grant Program, which investigated costs and consumption in Italy 1300-1650.
- Author(s)Professor Mary Hollingsworth
- PublisherThistle Publishing
- Date of Publication02/12/2014
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThistle Publishing
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight794 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine42 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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