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Dominion of the eye : urbanism, art, and power in early modern Florence

Author: Marvin Trachtenberg
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
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"Dominion of the eye: urbanism, art and power in early modern Florence" radically revises our ideas about the origins of rationally planned public space in the European city. Through a spatial and historical analysis of the major squares of Florence, all built in the Trecento, together with primary civic monuments, Marvin Trachtenberg shows that, contrary to current belief, Florentine planners engaged in a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marvin Trachtenberg
ISBN: 9780521840972 052184097X 9780521728256 0521728258
OCLC Number: 636085473
Description: 358 S : Ill
Contents: Preface; Part I. History and Theory: 1. Florence brought to historical account; 2. Toward the Trecento Florentine piazza: problematics; Part II. From Theory to Practice: 3. The Piazza del Duomo; 4. The Piazza della Signoria; Part III. Framing Urbanistic Discourse: Space, Subject and Vision in Trecento Theory and the Arts: 5. Spatial theory; 6. The spatial order of Florentine streets, monumental architecture, and the new towns; 7. Trecento pictorial perspective reconsidered; 8. Perspective in Trecento sculpture and architectural detail; 9. The Trecento fusion of the arts; 10. The architecture of painting and the multimedia tableau; 11. The role of optical and surveying theory; Part IV. On The Politics of Urbanistic Order: 12. The political logic of demolition; 13. Spatial form and political authority; 14. The symbolic power of scopic order; 15. Florentine Trecento urbanism as institutional and ideological praxis II; 16. The Florentine urbanistic 'style' as bourgeois instrumentalism; 17. Resistance and Renaissance: an afterword.
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