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Description - Art of the Italian Renaissance Courts by Alison Cole

In this authoritative study, Alison Cole explores the distinctive uses of art at the five great secular courts of Naples, Urbino, Ferrara, Mantua and Milan. The princes who ruled these city-states, vying with each other and with the great European courts, relied on artistic patronage to promote their legitimacy and authority.

Major artists and architects, from Mantegna and Pisanello to Bramante and Leonardo da Vinci, were commissioned to design, paint and sculpt, but also to oversee the court's building projects and entertainments. Bronze medallions, illuminated manuscripts and rich tapestries, inspired by sources as varied as Roman coins, Byzantine ivories and French chivalric romances, were treasured and traded. Palaces were decorated, extravagant public spectacles were staged and whole cities were redesigned, to bring honour, but also solace and pleasure.

The `courtly' styles that emerged from this intricate landscape are examined in detail, as are the complex motivations of ruling lords, consorts, nobles and their artists. Drawing on the most recent scholarship, Cole presents a vivid picture of the art of this extraordinary period.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781780677408
ISBN-10: 1780677405
Format: Hardback
(244mm x 170mm x 25mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Laurence King Publishing
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2016
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Alison Cole

Alison Cole is a Renaissance art historian, journalist and senior strategic adviser in the arts and cultural field. She has worked on the executive boards of some of the UKs leading arts organizations and has also authored several books. She lives and works in London.