An Art Lover's Guide to Florence

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  • Copyright: 2012-09-15
  • Publisher: Northern Illinois Univ Pr
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No city but Florence contains such an intense concentration of art produced in such a short span of time. The sheer number and proximity of works of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Florence can be so overwhelming that Florentine hospitals treat hundreds of visitors each year for symptoms brought on by trying to see them all, an illness famously identified with the French author Stendhal. While most guidebooks offer only brief descriptions of a large number of works, with little discussion of the historical background, Judith Testa gives a fresh perspective on the rich and brilliant art of the Florentine Renaissance in An Art Lover's Guide to Florence.Concentrating on a number of the greatest works, by such masters as Botticelli and Michelangelo, Testa explains each piece in terms of what it meant to the people who produced it and for whom they it made, deftly treating the complex interplay of politics, sex, and religion that were involved in the creation of those works. With Testa as a guide, armchair travelers and tourists alike will delight in the fascinating world of Florentine art and history.

Author Biography

Judith Testa is professor emerita at Northern Illinois University and author of Rome Is Love Spelled Backward: Enjoying Art and Architecture in the Eternal City.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 3
Historical Background
A Time of Turmoilp. 9
The Flowering of Florencep. 14
The (Mostly) Magnificent Medicip. 17
Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici (1360-1429)p. 18
Cosimo de' Medici Pater Patriae (1389-1464)p. 18
Piero di Cosimo de' Medici, "The Gouty" (1416-1469)p. 21
Lorenzo di Piero de' Medici, "Lorenzo il Magnifico" (1449-1492)p. 22
Piero di Lorenzo de' Medici, "The Fatuous" (1472-1503)p. 26
From Confusion to Duke Cosimo Ip. 27
The Cathedral of Florence: The Cupolone and the Condottierip. 29
Brunelleschi's Big Domep. 29
Inside the Cathedral - The Frescoed Monuments to John Hawkwood and Niccolò da Tolentinop. 40
John Hawkwoodp. 41
Niccolò da Tolentinop. 45
The Cathedral Baptistery
History of the Buildingp. 49
The Three Sets of Bronze Doorsp. 52
Doors by Andrea Pisanop. 52
Ghiberti's First Set of Doorsp. 52
Ghiberti's Second Set of Doors- "The Gates of Paradise"p. 56
Inside the Baptisteryp. 60
The Other Pope John XXIIIp. 60
The Tale of a Tomb-The Burial Monument of Anti-Pope John XXIII (Baldassare Coscia)p. 66
The Brancacci Chapel in S. Maria del Carmine: Where Renaissance Painting Was Bornp. 70
The Piazza della Signoria: Power Politics and Sexual Politics in the City Centerp. 81
Donatello's Judith Beheading Holofernesp. 83
Cellini's Perseus and Medusap. 87
Giambologna's The Rape of a Sabine Womanp. 92
Orsanmichele: A Multipurpose Architectural Masterpiecep. 96
History of the Buildingp. 96
The "March of the Statues"p. 100
Verrocchio's Christ and Doubting Thomasp. 106
The Ospedale degli Innocenti: Europe's First Foundling Hospitalp. 112
The Monastery of San Marco: Piety and Politics in a Cloistered Worldp. 119
The Medici Palace and Its Chapel
The Architecture of Subtle Authorityp. 129
The Medici and the Magip. 134
A Man, a Plan, a Palazzo: Giovanni Rucellai and His Family Palacep. 140
The Sassetti Chapel in S. Trinita: Politics, Religion, and Personal Reputationp. 147
The Tornabuoni Chapel in S. Maria Novella
Dueling Donorsp. 157
The Tornabuoni Triumphant-Ghirlandaio's Frescoes in the Cappella Maggiorep. 161
The Museo degli Uffizi: The Building and Some Highlights of the Collectionp. 167
History of the Buildingp. 167
Uccello's Battle of San Romanop. 169
Botticelli's Del Lama Adoration of the Magip. 176
Botticelli's Primaverap. 181
Botticelli's Birth of Venusp. 190
Hugo van der Goes's Portinari Altarpiecep. 197
Raphael's Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de' Medici and Luigi de' Rossip. 204
Bronzino's Eleonora di Toledo and Her Son Giovanni de' Medicip. 210
Titian's Venus of Urbinop. 217
The Museo Nazionale del Bargello
History of the Buildingp. 223
Donatello's Bronze David with the Head of Goliathp. 224
Michelangelo's Brutusp. 231
Il Gigante: Michelangelo's Davidp. 235
Michelangelo's Medici Chapel: The Tragedy of Time in a Time of Tragedyp. 243
Epiloguep. 255
Acknowledgmentsp. 257
Selected Bibliographyp. 259
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