Changing Patrons: Social Identity and the Visual Arts in Renaissance Florence by Jill BurkeChanging Patrons: Social Identity and the Visual Arts in Renaissance Florence by Jill Burke

Changing Patrons: Social Identity and the Visual Arts in Renaissance Florence

byJill Burke

Hardcover | May 13, 2004

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To whom should we ascribe the great flowering of the arts in Renaissance Italy? Artists like Botticelli and Michelangelo? Or wealthy, discerning patrons like Cosimo de' Medici? In recent years, scholars have attributed great importance to the role played by patrons, arguing that some should even be regarded as artists in their own right. This approach receives sharp challenge in Jill Burke's Changing Patrons, a book that draws heavily upon the author's discoveries in Florentine archives, tracing the many profound transformations in patrons' relations to the visual world of fifteenth-century Florence. Looking closely at two of the city's upwardly mobile families, Burke demonstrates that they approached the visual arts from within a grid of social, political, and religious concerns. Art for them often served as a mediator of social difference and a potent means of signifying status and identity.

Changing Patrons combines visual analysis with history and anthropology to propose new interpretations of the art created by, among others, Botticelli, Filippino Lippi, and Raphael. Genuinely interdisciplinary, the book also casts light on broad issues of identity, power relations, and the visual arts in Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance.

Jill Burke is AHRB Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Art History Department, University of Edinburgh. In 2000–2001, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.Jill Burke is AHRB Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Art History Department, University of Edinburgh. In 2000–2001, she was a Postdoct...
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Title:Changing Patrons: Social Identity and the Visual Arts in Renaissance FlorenceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 10.3 × 7.29 × 0.94 inPublished:May 13, 2004Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271023627

ISBN - 13:9780271023625

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

A Note on Transcriptions and Translations

Abbreviations

Introduction

Part I: Families, Neighbors, and Friends

1. Family Self-Fashioning

2. Private Wealth and Public Benefit: The Nasi and Del Pugliese Palaces

3. Family, Church, Community: The Appearance of Power in Santo Spirito

4. Patronage and the Art of Friendship: Piero del Pugliese's Patronage of Filippino Lippi

Part II: The Individual, the Family, and the Church

5. Patronage Rights and Wrongs: Building Identity at Santa Maria a Lecceto

6. Framing Patronage: Beauty and Order at the Church of the Innocenti

7. Differing Visions: Image and Audience in the Florentine Church

Part III: Identity and Change

8. Painted Prayers: Savonarola and the Audience of Images

Conclusions and Questions

Appendix

Nasi Family Tree

Del Pugliese Family Tree

Unpublished Documents

Poems Written About the Portrait of Piero del Pugliese by Filippino Lippi

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

“Burke’s lucidly argued and well researched study proves to be a thought-provoking read whose significance goes well beyond a circle of readers interested in the study of patronage in Quattrocento Florence.”

—Gabriele Neher, The Art Book