Private Lives in Renaissance Venice

Private Lives in Renaissance Venice



Patricia Fortini Brown is professor and chair of the department of art and archaeology at Princeton University.

This Renaissance 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 façades 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 hundreds of varied and unusual images, this Italian art history 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 toward 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 private, she offers an account of Venetian households unequalled in vividness and detail.

Product Code 1017572
author Patricia Fortini
ISBN 9780300102369
Dimensions 28.7 x 22.8 x 2.9 cm
Format Hardback
Pages 320
Published May 2004
publisher Yale University Press
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