Pienza: The Creation of a Renaissance City

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Cornell University Press, 1987 - Architecture - 250 pages
Pienza, a small hill town in north central Italy, represents one of the major architectural masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance. Starting in 1459, under the sponsorship of Pope Pius II, it was rebuilt into a model Renaissance cityscape. Because its physical state has changed only slightly since the fifteenth century, Pienza offers us a unique opportunity to see a variety of building traditions and theoretical positions combined in an almost perfectly preserved urban environment.

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This is the first book-length scholarly account of the development of Pienza, a hill-town in Tuscany. Pienza is small, but it packs a wallop of Renaissance design: one of the first planned Renaissance ... Read full review


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The Monumental Area
Other Public and Private Buildings

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Mack teaches art history at the University of South Carolina, where he is both a Louise Fry Scudder Professor of Liberal Arts and the William Joseph Todd Professor of the Italian Renaissance.

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