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The History of Florence in Painting
Author: Antonella Fenech Kroke

ISBN: 9780789211453
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 10 December 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 43.2 x 28.0 x 6.1
Description:
Located at the heart of the Italian peninsula, Florence was already a center of commerce and fine craftsmanship by 1252, when it began to mint its own currency, the gold florin, the "dollar of the Middle Ages." The great wealth amassed by the Medici, the Strozzi, the Pitti, and other merchant and banking families was in some part responsible for the flowering of the arts, literature, philosophy, and science in the period that followed, a phenomenon that even then was recognized as, and called, a renaissance. The legacy of this great epoch, both tangible and spiritual, ensured that Florence would remain a beacon of culture through its succeeding centuries of ducal rule, eventually becoming an essential stop on the Grand Tour and a font of inspiration for figures like Stendhal and Ruskin.

And Florence was all along a city of painters, whose works not only record and interpret its history-its sights; the likenesses of its leaders and luminaries; its battles, civic myths, and patron saints-but are also an integral part of that history themselves. In this magnificent volume are assembled a wide variety of artworks, both familiar and rarely seen, that, int...

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