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The Medici, Michelangelo, and the Art of Late Renaissance Florence Hardcover – November 1, 2002

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Florence, Michelangelo's beloved native city, became the capital of the Italian Renaissance thanks to the lavish arts and science patronage of the Medici dynasty. The Medici, Michelangelo, and the Art of Late Renaissance Florence, a beautifully produced volume based on a traveling exhibition, focuses on an especially fertile period, 1537-1631, during which the Medici grand dukes--Cosimo I, his sons Francesco I and Ferdinando I, and grandson Cosimo II--supported not only the seminal Michelangelo but also artists Pontormo, Vasari, Cellini, and Giambologna. Richly descriptive essays offer brisk but vivid portraits of the Medici and the artists they commissioned, consider the city's illustrious if politically volatile tradition of highly skilled craftsmanship, and assess the glory of Renaissance drawing, painting, sculpture, and decorative arts, particularly the remarkable pietre dure, or hard stone inlays, examples of which take the reader's breath away. Donna Seaman
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Beautifully produced...Richly descriptive essays offer brisk but vivid portraits. -- Booklist
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300094957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300094954
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,082,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This catalog for a show of 16th-century Florentine Renaissance art, which originated in Florence and traveled to Chicago and Detroit (ending June 8), demonstrates the power of art to enhance the prestige, politics, and propaganda of princes. Sculptors, painters, architects, and artisans heavily influenced by Michelangelo were eagerly sponsored by the Medici dynasty to build and decorate their palaces. As indicated in Adrian Randolph's Engaging Symbols, the Medici and other prominent Florentine families used art to influence popular and religious perception and opinions. This book, however, takes it one step further. Twelve scholarly essays show how the Medici were able to establish supremacy over not only the arts but the humanities, sciences, and theatrical spectacles important to the life of the city. The catalog contains 225 full-color plates, with detailed information on each item in the show, presenting a rare opportunity to see a vast array of late Renaissance and early Mannerist objects, from paintings and sculpture to tapestries, ceramics, and pietre dure (semiprecious stone inlay). While lacking an index, the work is fully footnoted and contains an extensive bibliography. Academic, museum, and large public libraries will want this good general overview of 16th-century Florentine culture."--Ellen Bates, New York Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

A 381-page, full-color catalogue, published by Yale University Press in association with the Detroit Institute of Arts.
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