The Italian Renaissance : culture and society in Italy /

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Author / Creator: Burke, Peter.
Format: Book
Edition:Rev. ed.
Imprint: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1987, c1986.

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.

An excellent social history of the lives and culture of the artists and artisans which made it possible for the arts to flourish.

Item Description:Includes index.
Physical Description:vi, 287 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Bibliography:Bibliography: pages 253-279.
ISBN:0691094314 :