The Noisy Renaissance: Sound, Architecture, and Florentine Urban Life by Niall AtkinsonThe Noisy Renaissance: Sound, Architecture, and Florentine Urban Life by Niall Atkinson

The Noisy Renaissance: Sound, Architecture, and Florentine Urban Life

byNiall Atkinson

Paperback | October 15, 2017

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From the strictly regimented church bells to the freewheeling chatter of civic life, Renaissance Florence was a city built not just of stone but of sound as well. An evocative alternative to the dominant visual understanding of urban spaces, The Noisy Renaissance examines the premodern city as an acoustic phenomenon in which citizens used sound to navigate space and society.

Analyzing a range of documentary and literary evidence, art and architectural historian Niall Atkinson creates an “acoustic topography” of Florence. The dissemination of official messages, the rhythm of prayer, and the murmur of rumor and gossip combined to form a soundscape that became a foundation in the creation and maintenance of the urban community just as much as the city’s physical buildings. Sound in this space triggered a wide variety of social behaviors and spatial relations: hierarchical, personal, communal, political, domestic, sexual, spiritual, and religious.

By exploring these rarely studied soundscapes, Atkinson shows Florence to be both an exceptional and an exemplary case study of urban conditions in the early modern period.

Niall Atkinson is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago.Niall Atkinson is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago.
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Title:The Noisy Renaissance: Sound, Architecture, and Florentine Urban LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 10 × 9 × 0.5 inPublished:October 15, 2017Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271071206

ISBN - 13:9780271071206

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Table of Contents

Contents

Table of Contents  

List of Illustrations  

Acknowledgments  

Introduction: Journey into the Noisy Renaissance  

Chapter 1: The Acoustic Art of City-Building  

Chapter 2: Florentine Soundscapes  

Chapter 3: Sound, Space, and Meaning in Renaissance Florence  

Chapter 4: Suoni, Voci, Rumori: Listening to the City  

Chapter 5: Sonic Discord, Urban Disorder  

Epilogue: Ephemerality, Durability, and Architectural History  

Notes  

Bibliography  

Index

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“Gracefully written and superbly designed, this landmark study of Florentine soundscapes reveals how listening and hearing influenced everything from life on the street to the ways that citizens understood and experienced the passing of time itself. Niall Atkinson does not simply move the history of Renaissance Florence onto new ground with The Noisy Renaissance—he reorients our thinking about how lives were lived in all late medieval and early modern European cities.”—Nicholas Eckstein, author of Painted Glories: The Brancacci Chapel in Renaissance Florence