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Lorenzo de' Medici at Home: The Inventory of the Palazzo Medici in 1492 Library Binding – January 14, 2013

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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press (January 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 027105641X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0271056418
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,206,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This translation will be welcomed by teachers and scholars in every corner of the English-speaking world and will provide a useful and, in many ways, inexhaustible resource for many years to come. --Brian A. Curran, The Pennsylvania State University

This book will be of considerable interest to art historians concerned with the social history of art, especially scholars of Lorenzo il Magnifico and his milieu. It will also be invaluable to scholars concerned with clothing and jewelry. In short, it will be a useful addition to the bibliographies of undergraduate and graduate courses in Renaissance art history. The notes are rich and highly instructive. --Paul Barolsky, University of Virginia

About the Author

Richard Stapleford is Professor of Art History at Hunter College.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A reader on September 27, 2014
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Haven't most of us thought about how interesting it would be to poke through the possessions of a recently deceased rich-and-famous person? If you're one of those people, as I am, you'll find this book fascinating. It's the first English translation of the inventory of Palazzo Medici, made shortly after the death of its owner, Lorenzo de' Medici. When Lorenzo died, he was the richest, most powerful man in Florence, and his home was a repository of treasures accumulated over three generations of his wealthy, art-loving family. It was also full of STUFF--the sometimes banal but intriguing objects of ordinary life.

Editor and translator Richard Stapleford provides an introduction that includes a biography of Lorenzo, as well as a valuable paraphrase of the inventory, which makes the inventory itself easier to understand. Many of the terms used by the inventory's compiler are antique words that are difficult to translate, but Stapleford made an attempt, defining them in a Glossary.

Before I read this book, I thought I knew what the interior of the Palazzo Medici looked like, but was I ever wrong! I imagined spacious rooms with a minimum of furniture, the walls hung with paintings, and with a few cabinets for display of some of the family's smaller treasures. Instead, every room was jam-packed with heavy furniture and huge storage chests, and with much of the wall surfaces obscured by built-in cabinets and shelves groaning under the weight of the family's possessions. Almost every room contained two and sometimes three beds. Even rooms designated as the "sala grande" (main public room) and Medici bank office contained beds. Beds in a ballroom and a bank? The list of objects and their locations raises as many questions as it answers.
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