Private lives in Renaissance Venice : art, architecture, and the family
- Patricia Fortini Brown.
- New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2004.
- Physical description
- viii, 312 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
- Brown, Patricia Fortini, 1936-
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-302) and index.
This book offers an engaging and original perspective on the private lives and material culture of patrician families in sixteenth-century Venice. Distinguished art historian Patricia Fortini Brown takes us behind the elegant facades of grand palaces built along the Venetian canals and examines the roles of both fine and applied arts in family life, as well as the public messages that these impressive homes conveyed. Illustrated with a wealth of varied and unusual images, the book provides a lively picture of the aristocratic lifestyle during a period of changing definitions of nobility. The author considers such wide-ranging themes as attitudes towards wealth and display, the articulation of family identity, and the visual culture of Venetian women - how they decorated their homes, dressed, undertook domestic tasks, entertained, and raised their children. Recapturing the interplay between the public and the private, she offers an account of Venetian households unequalled in vividness and detail.
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- Table of contents
- Decoration and ornament > Social aspects > Italy > Venice.
- Decoration and ornament, Renaissance > Italy > Venice.
- Interior decoration > Italy > Venice > History > 15th century.
- Interior decoration > Italy > Venice > History > 16th century.
- Upper class families > Homes and haunts > Italy > Venice.
- Venice (Italy) > Social life and customs.
- Publication date
- 0300102364 (cl : alk. paper)
- 9780300102369 (alk. paper)
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