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About the Cities
Call Number: Ebook from JSTOR
Publication Date: 2011
Medieval Italy gathers together an unparalleled selection of newly translated primary sources from the central and later Middle Ages, a period during which Italy was famous for its diverse cultural landscape of urban towers and fortified castles, the spirituality of Saints Francis and Clare, and the vernacular poetry of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio. The texts highlight the continuities with the medieval Latin West while simultaneously emphasizing the ways in which Italy was exceptional, particularly for its cities that drove Mediterranean trade, its new communal forms of government, the impact of the papacy's temporal claims on the central peninsula, and the richly textured religious life of the mainland and its islands.
Call Number: DG470 .B49 2003 and online
Publication Date: 2002
This volume brings together a group of sixteen urban, social, religious, and economic historians of late medieval and early modern Italy whose work reflects this shift, and illustrates some of the significant new research directions of the field. At the volume's core are questions important to all historians of late medieval and early modern Europe: What does the new work on Italy beyond Florence have to say about the traditional definition of the Renaissance, a definition that made Florence its paradigmatic expression? What new questions about the period in general have emerged as a result of decentering the Renaissance? How has the effort to view Florence in a wider set of Italian and Mediterranean political and economic networks shed new light on the history of city states? And how has this work led to a reexamination of the continuities connecting the late medieval world to the early modern period? In exploring the contours of Italy from the eleventh through the seventeenth centuries, the volume creates a landscape against which to evaluate the current state of Florentine studies, the resurgence of Venetian studies, the renewed interest in Italy under Spanish rule, and the development of many other regional and local histories that are increasingly used by scholars to facilitate a broader understanding of Italy as a whole.
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The Commonwealth of Nature
Call Number: Reserve - 3 hours - N72.S6 C26 2008
Publication Date: 2008
The Commonwealth of Nature explores the role of Tuscan visual culture in the poetic construction of a commonwealth. The book focuses on four exceptional works: Brunetto Latini's didactic poem the Tesoretto; a unique illustrated manuscript of the same; and Simone Martini's Maestà and Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Allegory of Good and Bad Government, both painted for the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena.
The Game of Courting and the Art of the Commune of San Gimignano, 1290-1320
Call Number: Reserve - 3 hours - ND2757.S26 C36 1997
Publication Date: 1998
The erotic frescoes adorning a chamber in San Gimignano's communal bell tower are among the most fascinating surviving examples of secular art from the late Middle Ages. Despite their fame, neither these frescoes--which include scenes of two lovers in a bathtub and Aristotle ridden by his seductress--nor those of the commune council hall have been well understood as products of the communal culture they represent. Here Jean Campbell explores the sources and significance of the images on these walls by constructing an interdisciplinary microhistory of an early Italian commune. Her investigation addresses notions of nobility, personal display, and public space, describing how the game of courting colored urban life in the age of Dante.
The Italian City Republics
Call Number: Reserve - 3 hours - DG417 .W28 2010 & MacLaren AA
Publication Date: 2009
Daniel Waley and Trevor Dean illustrate how, from the eleventh century onwards, many dozens of Italian towns achieved independence as political entities, unhindered by any centralising power. Until the fourteenth century, when the regimes of individual 'tyrants' took over in most towns, these communes were the scene of a precocious, and very well-documented, experiment in republican self-government. Focusing on the typical medium-sized towns rather than the better-known cities, the authors draw on a rich variety of contemporary material (both documentary and literary) to portray the world of the communes, illustrating the patriotism and public spirit as well as the equally characteristic factional strife which was to tear them apart.
Call Number: Reserve - 3 hours - ND2755 .D86 2009
Publication Date: 2009
The emergence of the modern Western artwork is sometimes cast as a slow process of secularization, with the devotional charge of images giving way in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries to a focus on the beauty and innovation of the artwork itself. Painted Palaces is not a study of iconography. In examining the prehistory of painted rooms like Mantegna's Camera Picta, the larger goal is to rethink the history of early Renaissance art.
Siena, Florence, and Padua: Art, Society and Religion, 1280-1400
Call Number: Reserve - 3 hours - N6913 .S53 1995
Publication Date: 1995
This first volume addresses a wide range of issues. The essays contain discussions of the politics and the economics of the cities during the 14th century; the major practitioners of painting, sculpture and architecture; the significance of communal and familial patronage of art in the three cities; the relation of art to the religious belief and devotional practice and to the broader intellectual ambience of the cities; and the impact and significance of various historiographical traditions.
Siena and the Virgin
Call Number: Reserve - 3 hours - N72.P6 N67 1999
Publication Date: 1999
Fully illustrated, this book explores late medieval Siennese Marian art, how it was commissioned, created and understood. Examining political, economic and cultural relations between Sienna and the contado, the author offers a new understanding of Marian art and its political functions as an expression of Siennese civic ideology.
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