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An Art Lover's Guide to Florence
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No city but Florence contains such an intense concentration of art produced in such a short span of time. The sheer number and proximity of works of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Florence can be so overwhelming that Florentine hospitals treat hundreds of visitors each year for symptoms brought on by trying to see them all, an illness famously identified with the French author Stendhal.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-8
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  1. 1. Historical Background
  2. pp. 9-28
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  1. 2. The Cathedral of Florence: The Cupolone and the Condottieri
  2. pp. 29-48
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  1. 3. The Cathedral Baptistery
  2. pp. 49-69
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  1. 4. The Brancacci Chapel in S. Maria del Carmine: Where Renaissance Painting Was Born
  2. pp. 70-80
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  1. 5. The Piazza della Signoria: Power Politics and Sexual Politics in the City Center
  2. pp. 81-95
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  1. 6. Orsanmichele: A Multipurpose Architectural Masterpiece
  2. pp. 96-111
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  1. 7. The Ospedale degli Innocenti: Europe’s First Foundling Hospital
  2. pp. 112-118
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  1. 8. The Monastery of San Marco: Piety and Politics in a Cloistered World
  2. pp. 119-128
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  1. 9. The Medici Palace and Its Chapel
  2. pp. 129-139
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  1. 10. A Man, a Plan, a Palazzo: Giovanni Rucellai and His Family Palace
  2. pp. 140-146
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  1. 11. The Sassetti Chapel in S. Trinita: Politics, Religion, and Personal Reputation
  2. pp. 147-156
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  1. 12. The Tornabuoni Chapel in S. Maria Novella
  2. pp. 157-166
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  1. 13. The Museo degli Uffizi: The Building and Some Highlights of the Collection
  2. pp. 167-222
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  1. 14. The Museo Nazionale del Bargello
  2. pp. 223-234
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  1. 15. Il Gigante: Michelangelo’s David
  2. pp. 235-242
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  1. 16. Michelangelo’s Medici Chapel: The Tragedy of Time in a Time of Tragedy
  2. pp. 243-254
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 255-256
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 257-258
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 259-269
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