The Italian Renaissance

The Italian Renaissance : Culture and Society in Italy

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In this brilliant and widely acclaimed work, Peter Burke presents a social and cultural history of the Italian Renaissance. He discusses the social and political institutions which existed in Italy during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and analyses the ways of thinking and seeing which characterized this period of extraordinary artistic creativity.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 150 x 224 x 22mm | 458.14g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0745621384
  • 9780745621388
  • 485,949

Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: The Problem:. 1. The Arts in Renaissance Italy. 2. The Historians: The Discovery of Social and Cultural History. Part II: The Arts in their Milieu: . 3. Artists and Writers. 4. Patrons and Clients. 5. The Uses of Works of Art. 6. Taste. 7. Iconography. Part III: The Wider Society:. 8. Worldviews: Some Dominant Traits. 9. The Social Framework. 10. Cultural and Social Change. 11. Comparisons and Conclusions. Appendix: The Creative Elite. Bibliography. Index.
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From reviews of the first edition: "A superb introduction to Renaissance culture and society." Renaissance Quarterly "A fascinating tour de force." American Historical Review "An indispensable study for historians, sociologists, and anyone interested in one of the most remarkable periods of European history." Choice "The Italian Renaissance provvides an excellent introduction to its theme -- particularly to its artistic ingredients." Kleio
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About Peter Burke

Peter Burke is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
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