Renaissance Florence: A Social History
This book examines the social history of Florence during the critical period of its growth and development in the early modern period, from the fourteenth through sixteenth centuries. Treating the city, its art, and its rituals as lived experiences that extended through space and time, the contributors to this volume consider well-known objects, monuments, sites, and event...more
Published April 1st 2006 by Cambridge University Press
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Feb 13, 2014 Katie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Conceptually, this is a really cool book. It's not quite a broad as the title implies, but instead collects 15-20 essays that explore Florentine social life through the lens of space, both public and private. This sounds like a very academia-ish thing to do (let's conceptualize the notion of space!) but in the best articles in this volume it results in a view of civic life in Florence that's wonderfully vivid and interesting. It's like taking a look at Renaissance Florence through Google Street...more