Florentine Villas in the Fifteenth Century: An Architectural and Social History

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 18, 2005 - Architecture - 353 pages
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In this book, which was originally published in 2005, Amanda Lillie challenges the urban bias in Renaissance art and architectural history by investigating the architecture and patronage strategies, particularly those of the Strozzi and the Sassetti clans, in the Florentine countryside during the fifteenth century. Based entirely on archival material that remained unpublished at the time of publication, her book examines a number of villas from this period and reconstructs the value systems that emerge from these sources, which defy the traditional, idealized interpretation of the 'renaissance villa'. Here, the house is studied in relation to the families who lived in them and to the land that surrounded them. The villa emerges as a functional, utilitarian farming unit upon whose success families depended, and where dynastic and patrimonial values could be nurtured.
 

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Contents

THE ACQUISITION AND ALIENATION
9
THE AGRICULTURAL ESTATE
24
SITES
39
River Sites
46
Roads and Bridges
57
THE VILLA COMPLEX
58
Gardens
67
Houses in the Castello
73
Bartolommeo and Francescos Shared Inheritance and Division
161
Bartolommeo Sassettis Villa at Valcenni
172
CHAPTER IO FRANCESCO SASSETTI S VILLA AT LA PIETRA
180
The Building History
186
The Original Function and Disposition of Rooms
197
THE VILLA AT LA PIETRA IN THE CONTEXT
220
THE ROLE OF THE VILLA AT LA PIETRA IN
241
CONCLUSION
254

REPAIR CONSTRUCTION AND RURAL PATRONAGE
80
Capalle
86
Santuccio
94
Supervision of Filippo di Matteo Strozzis Rur il lluilding Projects
100
The Portico and the New Wing
113
lit 7 VII I A I NT I UIOUS
133
VII I A IUNCTIONS ANI A I I I I UM S
147
Appendix B List of Strozzi Villas
269
The 1411 Division among the Sons of Francesco Sassetti
285
Notes
291
Bibliography
333
Index
343
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About the author (2005)

Amanda Lillie is Senior Lecturer in the History of Art at the University of York. A scholar of Renaissance architecture, she is the author of several articles on Medici villas, domestic chapels and oratories, and the effects of weather on architectural design.

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