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Lorenzo and Giovanna : timeless art and fleeting lives in Renaissance Florence

Author: Gert Jan van der Sman
Publisher: Florence : Mandragora, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Rev. English edView all editions and formats
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"Timeless Art and Fleeting Lives in Renaissance Florence is the first work to recount the entire story of two leading figures in Florence under Medici rule: Lorenzo Tornabuoni (1468-97), the gifted cousin of Lorenzo the Magnificent, and his beautiful wife, Giovanna degli Albizzi (1468-88). Through works of art, letters, poems and archival documents, the author reconstructs the lives of these two young people, from  Read more...
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Named Person: Lorenzo Tornabuoni; Giovanna degli Albizzi; House of Medici; Laurentius Tornabonus; Giovanna degli Albizzi; Medici, Familie
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gert Jan van der Sman
ISBN: 9788874611287 8874611285
OCLC Number: 707196949
Description: 219 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Two households --
The wedding --
Wisdom and beauty --
Lorenzo's beautiful chamber --
The vicissitudes of fortune --
The hope of eternal life --
Years of turmoil --
The final act.
Other Titles: Lorenzo & Giovanna.
Responsibility: Gert Jan Van der Sman ; English translation by Diane Webb.

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"Timeless Art and Fleeting Lives in Renaissance Florence is the first work to recount the entire story of two leading figures in Florence under Medici rule: Lorenzo Tornabuoni (1468-97), the gifted cousin of Lorenzo the Magnificent, and his beautiful wife, Giovanna degli Albizzi (1468-88). Through works of art, letters, poems and archival documents, the author reconstructs the lives of these two young people, from their wedding in 1486, a celebration so lavish that it was remembered for decades, to the tragic fate that awaited both of them, for Giovanna would die in childbirth and Lorenzo would be beheaded. Their story is accompanied by images of marvellous works tied to their lives and families: paintings, frescoes, stained glass, nuptial cassoni and deschi da parto, or birth salvers, testify that, for 15th-century Florentine society, art was a fundamental reflection of social and political prestige."--Publisher's description.

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