The City and Its Architecture

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Blackwell North Amer
This book offers a comprehensive account of the architecture of Florence, setting the city's extraordinarily beautiful buildings within the political, economic, and cultural contexts in which they were made. The rapid expansion of its banking interests and its wool and textile industries brought Florence prosperity, and it became, under Medici power, the heart of the European Renaissance, and the sponsor of pivotal architectural works.
Stretching from the city's foundation by Julius Caesar in 59 BC to modern times, the text takes a thematic approach. It begins with a historical overview, then moves on to look at buildings associated with the powers of Church and State, followed by the practicalities of building and the main architectural types, ending with modern developments. Buildings covered range from the Duomo, with Brunelleschi's prodigious cupola, and the sprawling grandeur of the Palazzo Pitti, to neighbourhood churches and elegant lesser known piazzas. Landmark modernist buildings include those by architect Pier Luigi Nervi.
The extraordinary visual wealth of the city is reflected in specially commissioned photography, while original plans and paintings by Florentine masters emphasize the historical context. In addition to a glossary of Italian terms and biographical notes on major figures, the book includes a foldout map with a key to the buildings discussed.

Publisher: London : Phaidon, 2006
ISBN: 9780714846279
Branch Call Number: 720.9455 GOY
Notes: Originally published: 2002


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