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Florentine Villas in the Fifteenth-Century: An Architectural and Social History (Architecture in Early Modern Italy)

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In this book, 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 Based entirely on unpublished archival material, her book examines a number of villas from this period and reconstructs the value systems that emerge from these sources, which defy the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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Lillie (history of art, U. of York) challenges the urban bias in Renaissance art and architectural history by investigating the architecture and patronage strategies of the Strozzi and Sassetti clans in the Florentine countryside during the 15th century. Drawing on unpublished archival material and the study of little-known buildings, she finds a different reality than the traditional, idealized notion of the Renaissance villa. The pastoral idyll is replaced here by dilapidated houses undergoing renovation and conversion, by the nurturing of dynastic and patrimonial values, and a thrifty, utilitarian attitude toward villa life.
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Lillie (history of art, U. of York) challenges the urban bias in Renaissance art and architectural history by investigating the architecture and patronage strategies of the Strozzi and Sassetti clans in the Florentine countryside during the 15th century. Drawing on unpublished archival material and the study of little-known buildings, she finds a different reality than the traditional, idealized notion of the Renaissance villa. The pastoral idyll is replaced here by dilapidated houses undergoing renovation and conversion, by the nurturing of dynastic and patrimonial values, and a thrifty, utilitarian attitude toward villa life. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This book investigates the architecture and patronage strategies of Florentine villas in fifteenth-century Italy.

Synopsis:

Amanda Lillie challenges the urban bias in Renaissance art and architectural history by investigating the architecture and patronage strategies in the Florentine countryside during the fifteenth century. Based entirely on unpublished archival material, her book examines a number of villas from this period. The villa emerges as a functional, utilitarian farming unit upon whose success families depended, and where dynastic and patrimonial values could be nurtured.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. The Strozzi: 1. The acquisition and alienation of country property; 2. The agricultural estate; 3. Sites; 4. The villa complex; 5. Repair, construction and rural patronage; 6. The architecture of a 'Casa da Signore': Santuccio; 7. Villa interiors; 8. Villa functions and attitudes; Part II. The Sassetti: 9. The Sassetti family and their property; 10. Francesco Sassetti's Villa at La Pietra; 11. The Villa at La Pietra in the context of contemporary architecture; 12. The role of the Villa at La Pietra in the life of Francesco Sassetti; Conclusion; Appendix A. Selective genealogies of the Strozzi and Sassetti villa owners; Appendix B. List of Strozzi villas; Appendix C. The 1499 division among the sons of Francesco Sassetti.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521770477
Author:
Lillie, Amanda
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
History
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
International Architecture - European
Subject:
Architecture, domestic
Subject:
Florence
Subject:
History - Specific Styles
Subject:
General Architecture
Subject:
Florence (Italy) History.
Subject:
Florence (Italy) Buildings, structures, etc.
Subject:
ARCHITECTURE / General
Subject:
Architecture -- History.
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Architecture in early modern Italy
Series Volume:
239
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
353
Dimensions:
11.24x8.74x1.08 in. 3.17 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Amanda Lillie challenges the urban bias in Renaissance art and architectural history by investigating the architecture and patronage strategies in the Florentine countryside during the fifteenth century. Based entirely on unpublished archival material, her book examines a number of villas from this period. 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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