An Art Lover's Guide to Florence
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Northern Illinois University Press
Download PDF (204.1 KB)
Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright
Download PDF (3.5 MB)
Download PDF (1.8 MB)
Download PDF (464.9 KB)
...with him a list of the most important works of art to be found in the city. At the top was his title: “MAsTerPIeCes CHeCKLIsT.” that he was locating the works on his list, glancing at them, making a check mark next to their names, and then moving on. He shrugged regretfully, as if to say: too much art, too little time. If there was ever a way for an art lover not ...
Download PDF (1.8 MB)
...naissance in general, and the Florentine renaissance in particular, took place is neither simple nor terribly attractive. We confront an endless series of broken treaties and treacheries, savage pillaging and pointless battles that settled nothing, murders, massacres, assassinations, plots and counterplots, lies, deceits, and political double-dealing on a scale ...
2—The Cathedral of Florence
Download PDF (4.6 MB)
...he story of the construction of Florence cathedral and its cupolone, or big dome, is an epic drama as well as one of the most important chapters in the history of Western architecture. At every stage the sonal conflicts, and seemingly insoluble engineering problems accompanied by life-threatening working conditions; all of it set against a background of ...
3—The Cathedral Baptistery
Download PDF (10.7 MB)
...o building in Florence is older or more revered than the cathedral baptistery. Florentines of the renaissance, intent on glorifying their city’s past and perhaps further persuaded by the eighteen massive classical columns that help support the interior, insisted the baptistery was an ancient roman building later taken over for Christian ...
4—The Brancacci Chapel in S. Maria del Carmine
Download PDF (3.4 MB)
...he shabby exterior of the monastic church of s. Maria del Carmine looks so unpromising that visitors might be tempted to walk right past it. But if they do, they’ll miss one of the city’s greatest trea-sures: the spot where renaissance painting was born. Inside, in the right transept, now entered separately from the church through a door to the ...
5—The Piazza della Signoria
Download PDF (7.5 MB)
...or centuries, the Piazza della signoria was the political heart of Flor-ence. Dominated by the impressive early fourteenth-century Pala-zzo Vecchio, the city hall, also called Palazzo della signoria, the seat as the site of public ceremonies that ranged from the reception of visiting dignitaries to tournaments and the executions of heretics and criminals. From ...
Download PDF (6.1 MB)
Orsanmichele. Part shrine, part grain storehouse, and part show-place for the wealth and political power of the city’s guilds, it covers a square block. This imposing and unique three-story structure towers over neighboring buildings and stands roughly halfway between the two focal points of Florentine religious and civic life: the cathedral and the city hall....
7—The Ospedale degli Innocenti
Download PDF (1.4 MB)
...saken, and most often female, left by the roadside, in a ditch, or on a doorstep, the prey of animals and ill-intentioned individu-als eager to sell them to brothels, their plight inspired a desire to see these gettatelli (little throwaways) cared for properly. Although throughout the medieval centuries and on into the renaissance, many european cities built ...
8—The Monastery of San Marco
Download PDF (3.1 MB)
...ew places in Florence seem more distant from the concerns, pres-sures, and values of the secular world than the Dominican monas-tery of san Marco. Although its exterior is undistinguished and it faces a busy piazza that swarms with cars, buses, pedestrians, and students from the nearby art academy on bicycles, the interior is one of the ...
9—The Medici Palace and Its Chapel
Download PDF (3.6 MB)
...n the Florence of the 1400s, a palazzo was much more than a place to live. Building a large, impressive family home was one way in which prominent families could both improve the appearance of their cities and put their personal stamp on those cities. The Medici were the first to do this, but numerous other families followed their example, and today ...
10—A Man, a Plan, a Palazzo
Download PDF (2.5 MB)
...here’s something familiar about Giovanni rucellai—a solid citizen and successful businessman devoted to his family, active in his church, generous to charities, but also interested in letting the world know about his success by means of his splendid residence. This excellent example of a renaissance man whose life and accomplishments ...
11—The Sassetti Chapel in S. Trinita
Download PDF (6.6 MB)
...and you’ll see it flanked by a series of small side chapels that the church of s. Trinita is one of the most interesting, a place where renais-sance art, religion, and politics intertwine. As noted in Chapter 4, the patron-age of chapels was more than just a religious exercise. It was also a way of conveying social and political messages about the donor families....
12—The Tornabuoni Chapel in S. Maria Novella
Download PDF (2.2 MB)
...of s. Maria Novella, who had to contend with the ricci, sassetti, and Torn-abuoni families, each claiming the right to decorate the cappella maggiore, the main chapel, which is in fact the entire apse, the altar end of the enor-mous church. The site was particularly choice because the area around the main altar is considered the most sacred part of a church, so having worship ...
13—The Museo degli Uffizi
Download PDF (26.5 MB)
...from the Italian word uffici, which means “offices” and refers to the building’s original purpose. Commissioned in 1560 by Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici to gather under one roof all the numerous tribunals, archives, and magistrates’ offices of the ducal administration, and thus to concentrate power near the Palazzo della signoria, it was built from a design of Giorgio Vasari....
14—The Museo Nazionale del Bargello
Download PDF (3.4 MB)
...residences, and the Uffizi once held the administrative offices of the Bargello has a more sinister history. Among the oldest public buildings in Florence, the twelfth-century structure first served as the home and headquar-ters of the capitano del popolo, a military leader usually hired from a foreign city to prevent him from favoring one side or the other in Florence’s numerous ...
Download PDF (2.2 MB)
...t’s among the most famous statues in the world, so easily recognizable that advertisers use images of it to sell everything from cigarettes to soap, from motorcycles to men’s cologne. At the moment of its unveil-ing some five hundred years ago it created a sensation, and every year people still flock to Florence to stand looking up at it in awe. Michelangelo’s ...
16—Michelangelo’s Medici Chapel
Download PDF (4.2 MB)
...tions than a place of worship. What the artist delivered was neither. The Medici Chapel, attached to the right side of the church of s. Lorenzo and at times inaccurately called the New sacristy, was planned as an architectural pendant to Brunelleschi’s Old sacristy on the left side, but it was never in-tended to function as a second sacristy. The building is hardly a chapel in the ...
Download PDF (442.2 KB)
...he firm establishment of the ducal regime in Florence under Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici brought the city a stability and continuity in government that it had lacked, historically, but it also sounded the death knell for Florence as the capital city of the Italian renais-sance. Although Cosimo had the brilliant Bronzino as his court painter and ...
Download PDF (436.9 KB)
...esearch can be a solitary activity, but it’s one made easier and more friends. My first debt of gratitude is to the staffs of the libraries that provided access to so many of the books and articles I consulted: Founders Library at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, in particular its Information Delivery services department; the library of the Netherlands ...
Selecte d Bibliog raphy
Download PDF (507.8 KB)
Although there are whole libraries devoted to books and articles about the art of Florence, those works provide more information and more detail than even the most intellectually curious traveler to Florence is likely to want or need, and furthermore they are often burden-somely large and heavy. Therefore, in addition to offering my own observations, I’ve sum-marized some of the insights provided by leading scholars of renaissance art and history....
Page Count: 306
Publication Year: 2012