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A Renaissance Architecture of Power. Princely Palaces in the Italian Quattrocento

Silvia Beltramo, Flavia Cantatore, Marco Folin (éd.)

Silvia Beltramo, Flavia Cantatore, Marco Folin, A Renaissance Architecture of Power Princely Palaces in the Italian Quattrocento, Brill, 2016, ISBN 9789004243613

The growth of princely states in early Renaissance Italy brought a thorough renewal to the old seats of power. One of the most conspicuous outcomes of this process was the building or rebuilding of new court palaces, erected as prestigious residences in accord with the new ‘classical’ principles of Renaissance architecture. The novelties, however, went far beyond architectural forms : they involved the reorganisation of courtly interiors and their functions, new uses for the buildings, and the relationship between the palaces and their surroundings. The whole urban setting was affected by these processes, and therefore the social, residential and political customs of its inhabitants. This is the focus of A Renaissance Architecture of Power, which aims to analyse from a comparative perspective the evolution of Italian court palaces in the Renaissance in their entirety.
Contributors are Silvia Beltramo, Flavia Cantatore, Bianca de Divitiis, Emanuela Ferretti, Marco Folin, Giulio Girondi, Andrea Longhi, Marco Rosario Nobile, Aurora Scotti, Elena Svalduz, and Stefano Zaggia.

Silvia Beltramo, Ph.D. (2004), Politecnico di Torino, is research fellow in History of Architecture at that university. She has published studies on the history of Italian architecture and urban culture in medieval and early modern times.
Flavia Cantatore, Ph.D. (1996), Sapienza–Università di Roma, is Professor of History of Architecture at that university. She has published studies on Italian architectural history, patronage and urban culture in the Renaissance.
Marco Folin, Ph.D. (2001), Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, is Professor of History of Architecture at the University of Genoa. He has published studies on Italian urban culture and the relationship between art and politics in the Renaissance.