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Orsanmichele and the history and preservation of the civic monument /
edited by Carl Brandon Strehlke.
imprint
Washington [D.C.] : National Gallery of Art ; New Haven [Conn.] : Distributed by Yale University Press, c2012.
description
xi, 401 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
ISBN
0300135890 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780300135893 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Washington [D.C.] : National Gallery of Art ; New Haven [Conn.] : Distributed by Yale University Press, c2012.
isbn
0300135890 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780300135893 (hardcover : alk. paper)
general note
"Proceedings of the symposium Orsanmichele and the History and Preservation of the Civic Monument, organized by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, and sponsored by Robert H. Smith. The symposium was held October 7, 2005, in Washington and October 12-13, 2006, in Florence."
catalogue key
8418181
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2012-09-15:
Edited by Strehlke (adjunct curator, John G. Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art), this scholarly exploration of the Orsanmichele, a church in Florence, Italy, is the first since 1996, when Diane Zervas published both Orsanmichele in Florence and Orsanmichele: Documents 1336-1452. In this generously illustrated (145 color plates and 176 black-and-white reproductions) collection of 22 original essays, leading art and architectural historians, preservationists, conservators, and other scholars discuss various aspects of the civic and religious hub. Located in the center of Florence, the building originally served as a grain market. During the 14th century, its exterior and interior spaces were decorated with sculptures, frescoes, and paintings reflecting the repurposing of the structure as an oratory and then a church. Some of the greatest architects, artists, and sculptors of the Italian Renaissance, including but not limited to Donatello, Nanni di Banco, Filippo Brunelleschi, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Andrea Pisano, and Andrea del Verrocchio, were commissioned by the Florentine guilds to contribute masterpieces to the building. VERDICT Of significant interest to students, scholars, museum professionals, and others, this meticulously researched and well-presented, scholarly publication is very highly recommended.-Cheryl Ann Lajos, Free Lib. of Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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This far-ranging collection of essaysthe first book-length scholarly exploration of Orsanmichele since 1996marks the conclusion of a decades-long campaign to restore the magnificent medieval church and its art, most notably Orsanmichele's celebrated niche sculptures. Originally commissioned by Florence's trade guilds acting in competition with one another, the sculptures represent work by some of the greatest artists of the dayincluding Donatello, Filippo Brunelleschi, Andrea Pisano, Nanni di Banco, Lorenzo Ghiberti, and Andrea del Verrocchioand are among the finest examples of Renaissance art in the world. In twenty-two original essays by leading scholars working across disciplines, Orsanmichele and the History and Preservation of the Civic Monument makes important new information about the history and restoration of the church available for the first time, and examines the monument in its broadest context as a civic and religious center from the Middle Ages to the present day, revealing the historic building's evolving role as repository of history and living institution.
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This far-ranging collection of essays marks the conclusion of a decades-long campaign to restore the magnificent medieval church and its art, most notably Orsanmichele's celebrated niche sculptures.

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