Author(s): Loren Partridge
In this absorbing illustrated history, Loren Partridge takes the reader on an insightful tour of Renaissance Florence and sheds new light on its celebrated art and culture by examining the city's great architectural and artistic achievements in their political, intellectual, and religious contexts. This essential and accessible text, the only up-to-date volume on Renaissance Florence currently available, incorporates insights from recent scholarship, including gender studies, while emphasizing the artists' social status, rivalries, and innovations. The result is a multilevel exploration of how the celebrated Florentine culture formally registers in specific works of art or architecture and how these works interactively informed and often shaped the culture.
"Partridge's detailed observations make his text exciting." Foreword 20100501 "An excellent introduction to the art of Renaissance Florence... Highly recommended." Choice 20100708 "A compact nicely illustrated introduction to the art of Florence with much to offer for those who teach or study the Italian Renaissance." -- Felicia M. Else Sixteenth Century Journal 20110501
Loren Partridge is Professor of the Art of the Italian Renaissance at the University of California, Berkeley. His many books include Michelangelo, Last Judgment: A Glorious Restoration, The Art of Renaissance Rome, 1400-1600, and Michelangelo: The Sistine Chapel Ceiling. He has been honored by Fulbright, Kress, Guggenheim, and Getty fellowships; grants from the American Academy in Rome and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton; and the chairmanship of the departments of both History of Art and Art Practice at Berkeley.
Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction Renaissance Humanism Independent Portraits Perspective Narrative The Human Body Classicizing Architecture The Status of Artists Pre-Renaissance Florence Roman and Early Medieval Florence People's Government The Priorate The Priors' Palace Piazza della Signoria and the Priors' Loggia Final Circuit of Walls and Florentine Expansion The Cathedral and Or San Michele I Florence Under the Albizzi and the Medici, 1400 1494 1 Civic Architecture and Urbanism Brunelleschi's Foundling Hospital Piazza della SS. Annunziata 2 Freestanding Public Sculpture Cathedral Buttress Figures Donatello's Marble David Or San Michele, I Donatello's St. Mark Nanni di Banco's Four Crowned Saints Ghiberti's St. John the Baptist Donatello's St. George Donatello's St. Louis of Toulouse Campanile Donatello's Abraham and Isaac Donatello's Zuccone Or San Michele, II Verrocchio's Christ and Doubting Thomas 3 Ecclesiastical Architecture The Cathedral Dome S. Lorenzo The Old Sacristy The Church S. Marco The Church and Monastery The Library S. Spirito The Facade of S. Maria Novella 4 The Baptistery Doors Competition Reliefs Brunelleschi Ghiberti Ghiberti's First Doors Annunciation Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise Creation of Adam and Eve, Temptation and Fall, Expulsion from Paradise Jacob and Esau Solomon and Sheba 5 Altarpieces and Chapels S. Maria degli Angeli: Lorenzo Monaco's Coronation of the Virgin S. Maria Novella, I: Masaccio's Trinity S. Maria del Carmine: Masaccio and Masolino's Brancacci Chapel Temptation and Fall and Expulsion from Paradise Tribute Money Peter Heals with His Shadow and Death of Ananias S. Lorenzo, I: Old Sacristy Buggiano's Sarcophagus Donatello's Decoration S. Marco: High Altarpiece and Cells Fra Angelico's S. Marco Altarpiece Fra Angelico's Annunciation SS. Annunziata, I: Castagno's Trinity with St. Jerome S. Miniato al Monte: The Cardinal of Portugal's Chapel North Wall East Wall West Wall S. Lorenzo, II Verrocchio's Tomb of Cosimo il Vecchio Donatello's Bronze Pulpits Verrocchio's Tomb of Piero and Giovanni de' Medici, Old Sacristy SS. Annunziata, II: Antonio and Piero Pollaiuolo's St. Sebastian S. Trinita: Ghirlandaio's Sassetti Chapel Confirmation of the Rule of St. Francis St. Francis Resurrects a Boy Who Fell from a Palace Window in 1266 Nativity S. Maria Novella, II: Filippino Lippi's Strozzi Chapel St. John Raises Drusiana St. Philip Exorcises a Dragon 6 Refectories S. Apollonia: Castagno's Last Supper S. Marco: Ghirlandaio's Last Supper 7 Palaces The Medici Palace The Rucellai Palace The Pitti Palace, I The Strozzi Palace 8 Halls of State: Palazzo Vecchio, I Uccello's Battle of S. Romano Ghirlandaio's Sala dei Gigli 9 Palace Chapels: The Medici Palace Gozzoli's Journey of the Magi Filippo Lippi's Nativity 10 Freestanding Palace Sculpture: The Medici Palace Donatello's Bronze David Donatello's Bronze Judith and Holofernes 11 Wedding Chests and Birth Trays Scheggia's Reconciliation between the Romans and the Sabines Masaccio's Lying-in of a Florentine Lady 12 Spalliera Painting Botticelli's Primavera Botticelli's Nastagio degli Onesti 13 Portraits Uccello's Young Man Filippo Lippi's Lorenzo Scolari and Angiola Sapiti Piero di Cosimo's Cleopatra Mino da Fiesole's Piero de' Medici Botticelli's Woman at a Window Botticelli's Man Holding a Medallion of Cosimo il Vecchio Leonardo's Ginevra de' Benci 14 Devotional Works Donatello's Shaw Madonna Filippo Lippi's Virgin and Child with Two Angels Botticelli's Madonna of the Magnificat Michelangelo's Madonna of the Steps II Florence Under the Second Republic, 1494 1512 15 Halls of State: Palazzo Vecchio, II Sala Grande, I Leonardo's Battle of Anghiari Michelangelo's Battle of Cascina 16 Freestanding Public Sculpture Michelangelo's David 17 Altarpieces SS. Annunziata: Leonardo's St. Anne Cartoon Palazzo Vecchio, Sala Grande: Fra Bartolomeo's St. Anne Altarpiece 18 Portraits Leonardo's Mona Lisa Raphael's Portraits of Agnolo and Maddalena Doni 19 Devotional Works Michelangelo's Doni Tondo Raphael's Madonna della Sedia III Florence Under the Medici Popes, 1513 1534 20 Civic Architecture and Urbanism Piazza della SS. Annunziata 21 Freestanding Palace Sculpture: The Medici Palace Bandinelli's Orpheus with Cerberus 22 Chapels and Libraries: S. Lorenzo Michelangelo's New Sacristy Michelangelo's Laurentian Library 23 Altarpieces and Devotional Works S. Francesco: Sarto's Madonna of the Harpies Rosso's Moses Defending and the Daughters of Jethro S. Felicita: Pontormo's Deposition 24 Portraits Sarto's Man with a Book Sarto's Woman with Petrarch's Poems Rosso's Young Man IV Florence Under the Medici Dukes, 1531 1600 25 Earlier Freestanding Public Sculpture Bandinelli's Hercules and Cacus 26 Palace Chapels: Palazzo Vecchio Bronzino's Chapel of Eleonora Altarpiece Altar Wall and St. Michael Crossing of the Red Sea and St. Francis 27 Palaces: Pitti Palace, II and Boboli Gardens 28 Churches and Church Decoration Vasari's Renovation of S. Croce and S. Maria Novella S. Croce: Vasari's Doubting Thomas 29 Civic Architecture and Urbanism Tasso's Mercato Nuovo Vasari's Uffizi 30 Later Freestanding Public Sculpture Cellini's Perseus Ammannati's Neptune Fountain Danti's Rigor, Equity, and Cosimo I as Augustus Giambologna's Cosimo I in Armor Giambologna's Rape of the Sabines Giambologna's Equestrian Monument to Cosimo I 31 Portraits Bronzino's Ugolino Martelli Bronzino's Cosimo I as Orpheus Bronzino's Cosimo I in Armor Bronzino's Eleonora of Toledo with Her Son Giovanni Vasari's Apotheosis of Cosimo I 32 Halls of State: Palazzo Vecchio, III Salviati's Sala di Udienza Bandinelli and Vasari's Sala Grande, II Genealogy of the Medici Timeline Glossary Artists' Biographies Selected Bibliography List of Illustrations Index