Italian Renaissance Courts

Art, Pleasure and Power



ISBN: 9781780677408 Category:

Alison Cole


This fascinating study of Renaissance courtly art and culture in fifteenth and early sixteenth-century Italy encompasses the most recent scholarship on the courts, court art and noble values. Alison Cole not only considers the role of artists, but explores the distinctive uses to which art was put at the courts, from the smaller duchies and princely courts of Ferrara, Mantua and Urbino to the larger courts of Naples and Milan. The social, intellectual and artistic milieu of each court is brought vividly to life, along with the complex personalities of the rulers, their relationships with the civic and ecclesiastical authorities, and the role of court women as patrons of the arts. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary texts and visual material, Cole paints a rich picture of the these extraordinary courts in the moment of their greatest brilliance.

Additional information

Weight 928 g
Dimensions 17 x 24.4 cm
Publisher name Laurence King Publishing Ltd
Publication date 1 March 2016
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Dimensions 17 x 24.4 cm
Weight 928 g