The World of Renaissance Florence

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Giunti Editore, 1999 - Art - 383 pages
Arte, politica, vita quotidiana nella culla del Rinascimento italiano. Dallo splendore dei Medici ai grandi maestri d'arte quali Botticelli, Michelangelo e Leonardo, il ritratto, interamente in inglese, di una cittĂ che ha cambiato la storia del mondo: Firenze. Annotation Supplied by Informazioni Editoriali
 

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Contents

Florence and Humanism
14
Panorama of a City
31
The New Style in Furnishing
59
Taste and Dignity in Dress
73
Family Women Slaves
89
In the Kitchen and at Table
119
Doctors Apothecaries and their Practice
133
Religious Life
157
Weapons and Men at Arms
201
Political Institutions
217
Economic life
235
Country Life
289
Festivals and Entertainments
307
Painters Sculptors and Architects
323
Distinguished Foreigners in Florence
357
Index
371

Schools and Education
175
Science Engineering Craftsmen
187

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Page 276 - ... records at Genoa contain private contracts between parents and master as to the terms for the instruction of their children. Two years ago in SPECULUM Professor Reynolds published one such and another between two teachers who were partners.2 Villani tells us in his Chronicle that in Florence in 1283 there were between eight and ten thousand boys and girls learning to read, while six abacus schools (for training in reckoning preparatory to a business career) had between one thousand and twelve...
Page 335 - Alberti, who, having given his attention to the study of Latin as well as to that of architecture, perspective, and painting, has left behind him books, written in such a manner, that no artist of later times has been able to surpass him in his style and other qualities as an author, while there have been numbers, much more distinguished than himself in the practice of...
Page 108 - Maddalena, whose freedom had been granted because she had served «with solicitude and according to the law», knelt down before her master, placed her hands between his, in the feudal act of homage, and begged him «with the greatest veneration and humility» to free her «according to the Roman custom».
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Page 346 - Florentines generally were convinced that they belonged to an urban civilisation destined to pre-eminence and «sufficient and worthy to acquire dominion and power over the whole world».

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