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Renaissance Architecture By David Thomson

Renaissance Architecture
by David Thomson

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The author uses a range of published and unpublished sources, and covers Italy, France, Britain, Spain, Germany and The Netherlands to explore the ethics, aesthetics and vanities of ambitious building.
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Renaissance Architecture: Patrons, Critics and Luxury by David Thomson

In this illustrated history of the architecture of Renaissance Europe, David Thomson demonstrates how Renaissance architecture attracted much contemporary criticism for its excessive display of personal wealth and status. The cultural phenomenon of the Renaissance transformed artistic activity in Europe, which, combined with increased social mobility and the availability of financial credit, produced enthusiastic patrons of the arts and architecture. Builders of magnificent palaces and villas, from merchants to cardinals, wanted both the admiration of their peer group and a permanent monument to their importance and aesthetic taste. Thomson uses a range of published and unpublished sources, and covers Italy, France, Britain, Spain, Germany and The Netherlands to explore the ethics, aesthetics and vanities of ambitious building.

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Table of Contents


Introduction - luxury and architecture; luxury architecture in fiction and philosophy; the classical heritage; the Renaissance; Renaissance architecture and peoples; the problem of authority; language; books on architecture for all nations; roads from Rome; exceptions to the pluralist argument; uses of wealth; the admirable wealthy; towers, coaches and tombs; money into art; poverty, luxury and architecture.

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GOR008263117
Renaissance Architecture: Patrons, Critics and Luxury by David Thomson
David Thomson
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Manchester University Press
1993-08-19
272
0719039630
9780719039638
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