Building Renaissance Venice: Patrons, Architects and Builders, C. 1430-1500

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Yale University Press, 2006 - Architecture - 316 pages
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This book brings to life the story of the construction of some of the most outstanding early Renaissance buildings in Venice. Through a series of individual case studies, Richard J. Goy explores how and why great buildings came to be built. He addresses the practical issues of constructing such buildings as the Torre dell’Orologio in Piazza San Marco, the Arsenale Gate, and the churches of Santa Maria della Carita and San Zaccaria, focusing particular attention on the process of patronage. The book is the first to trace the complete process of creating important buildings, from the earliest conception in the minds of the patrons - the Venetian state or other institutional patrons - through the choice of architect, the employment of craftsmen, and the selection of materials. In an interesting analysis of the participants’ roles, Goy highlights the emerging importance of the superintending master, the protomaestro.

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Venice as a Metropolitan Capital
Republican Responsibilities and Renaissance Renovatio Urbis
The Building Process

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About the author (2006)

Richard J. Goy is Project Director at Devereux Architects in London.

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