Renaissance Siena: Art in Context

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A. Lawrence Jenkens
Truman State University Press, 2005 - Art - 208 pages

The art of Renaissance Siena is usually viewed in the light of developments and accomplishments achieved elsewhere, but Sienese artists were part of a dynamic dialogue that was shaped by their city's internal political turmoil, diplomatic relationships with its neighbors, internal social hierarchies, and struggle for self-definition. These essays lead scholars in a new and exciting direction in the study of the art of Renaissance Siena, exploring the cultural dynamics of the city and its art in a specifically Sienese context. This volume shapes a new understanding of Sienese culture in the early modern period and defines the questions scholars will continue to ask for years to come. What emerges is a picture of Renaissance Siena as a city focused on meeting the challenges of the time while formulating changes to shape its future. Central to these changes are the city's efforts to fashion a civic identity through the visual arts.

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About the author (2005)

A. Lawrence Jenkens is associate professor of art history at the University of New Orleans. He received his PhD in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Jenkens has also received postdoctoral fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, Florence.

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