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The Italian Renaissance : culture and society in Italy /
Peter Burke.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1999.
description
vi, 304 p. : ill.
ISBN
0691006784 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1999.
isbn
0691006784 (pbk. : alk. paper)
general note
Originally published: U.K. : Batsford ; U.S. : Scribner, 1972.
catalogue key
2793633
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Peter Burke is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Reviews
Review Quotes
A fascinating tour de force.
A fascinating tour de force. -- American Historical Review
A superb introduction to Renaissance culture and society.
A superb introduction to Renaissance culture and society. -- Renaissance Quarterly
Burke handles both breadth and depth of a most creative and complex period with balance, sensibility, and solid supportive arguments.... This is an indispensable study for historians, sociologists, and anyone interested in one of the most remarkable periods of European history.
Burke handles both breadth and depth of a most creative and complex period with balance, sensibility, and solid supportive arguments.... This is an indispensable study for historians, sociologists, and anyone interested in one of the most remarkable periods of European history. -- Choice
[This book's] fundamental concern with exploring in a rigorous fashion how cultural change and--to admit one's bias--achievement is related to the economic, social, and political structure of an age remains a vital interest.
[This book's] fundamental concern with exploring in a rigorous fashion how cultural change and--to admit one's bias--achievement is related to the economic, social, and political structure of an age remains a vital interest. -- Joachim W. Stieber, The Sixteenth Century Journal
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Summaries
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In this newly revised edition of his widely acclaimed work, Peter Burke presents a social and cultural history of the Italian Renaissance. He discusses the social and political institutions that existed in Italy during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and he analyzes the ways of thinking and seeing that characterized this period of extraordinary artistic creativity. Developing a distinctive approach, the author is concerned not only with the finished works of Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and others, but also with the social background, patterns of recruitment, and means of subsistence of this "cultural elite." He thus makes a major contribution both to our understanding of the Italian Renaissance and to our comprehension of the complex relations between culture and society.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
The Themep. 1
The Approachp. 3
The Problem
The Arts in Renaissance Italyp. 13
The Historians: The Discovery of Social and Cultural Historyp. 27
The Arts in their Milieu
Artists and Writersp. 43
Recruitmentp. 43
Trainingp. 51
The Organization of the Artsp. 63
The Status of the Artsp. 75
Artists as Social Deviantsp. 84
Patrons and Clientsp. 89
Who are the Patrons?p. 90
Patrons v Artistsp. 101
Architecture, Music and Literaturep. 111
The Rise of the Marketp. 119
The Uses of Works of Artp. 125
Religion and Magicp. 125
Politicsp. 131
The Private Spherep. 140
Art for Pleasurep. 143
Tastep. 145
The Visual Artsp. 146
Musicp. 154
Literaturep. 158
Varieties of Tastep. 160
Iconographyp. 165
The Wider Society
Worldviews: Some Dominant Traitsp. 181
Views of the Cosmosp. 182
Views of Societyp. 192
Views of Manp. 197
Towards the Mechanization of the World Picturep. 205
The Social Frameworkp. 209
Religious Organizationp. 209
Political Organizationp. 214
The Social Structurep. 223
The Economyp. 228
Cultural and Social Changep. 235
Generationsp. 235
Structural Changesp. 243
Comparisons and Conclusionsp. 248
The Netherlandsp. 249
Japanp. 252
The Creative Elitep. 257
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 293
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