Approaching the Italian Renaissance Interior: Sources, Methodologies, Debates

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Marta Ajmar-Wollheim, Flora Dennis, Ann Matchette
Wiley, Oct 22, 2007 - History - 144 pages
This collection provides a genuinely fresh outlook on the Italianinterior and will form a rich resource for scholars and students ofthe Renaissance.

  • Brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars,combining innovative approaches, case studies, and methodologicalcritiques
  • Expands the discourse on the Renaissance home, ultimatelychallenging traditional notions of public and private, interior andexterior, ideals and reality
  • Examines under-studied spaces of the interior, such as bathsand chapels, and offers new insights into more familiar topics suchas identity, status, and family memory
  • Includes a wide range of primary sources from visual andmaterial evidence to archival documents

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A thought provoking series of essays about various aspects of the Renaissance interior, including some that aren't so well-explored (like bathrooms!) and private chapels. Definitely a must-have for anybody interested in everyday life in this period.


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Domestic sacral space in the Florentine Renaissance palace
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About the author (2007)

Marta Ajmar-Wollheim is Renaissance Course Tutor on the joint MA programme in History of Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Royal College of Art.

Flora Dennis is Research Fellow at the AHRC Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior (Royal College of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Royal Holloway).

Together they are co-curators of the museum’s major exhibition At Home in Renaissance Italy (V&A, 2006) and editors of the accompanying publication.

Ann Matchette, also based at the V&A, is a Renaissance Course Tutor on the joint MA in History of Design with the RCA.

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