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Author Nevola, Fabrizio, 1970-

Title Siena : constructing the Renaissance city / Fabrizio Nevola
Published New Haven [Conn.] ; London : Yale University Press, [2007]


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Description vii, 303 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Contents 'Turn your eyes to behold her': architecture and civic ideology in fourteenth-century Siena -- The imperial visit of Sigismund of Luxemburg: the urban experience of ritual -- Between the imperial visits: urban renewal and domestic architecture -- Pius II Piccolomini and architectural patronage in Siena: papap power and family identity -- 'La citta magnificata': urban magnificence and civic image -- The word on the street: the Strada Roman and its users -- Rewriting the city's pasts in stone: humanists, antiquatians and the built fabric -- Palaces, politics and history: the architecture of the Novesco Oligarchy -- The stratified city: Oligarchy and urban form -- Conclusion: the prince and the city: Pandolfo Petrucci, 'Il Magnifico'
Summary "Siena, one of the major artistic centres of medieval and Renaissance Italy, is renowned for its striking architecture and its beauty as a city. This book is the first to focus on Sienese architectural and urban history during the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Fabrizio Nevola offers a comprehensive picture of the city, describing in detail how the layout and appearance of Siena changed between 1400 and 1520, as political and social events triggered a variety of initiatives that transformed the city's urban core."
"Weaving together social, political, economic and architectural history, the book explores the role of key patrons in Siena's urban projects, including Pope Pius II Piccolomini and his family and, later, the quasi-despot Pandolfo Petrucci, 'The Magnificent'. Nevola also considers how the government used architecture to forge a local identity and establish authority, the influence of important architects and architectural theorists, and the way that ritual events contributed in special ways to the changing face of the city."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 212-292) and index
Subject Architecture -- Italy -- Siena -- 15th century.
Architecture, Renaissance -- Italy -- Siena.
Architecture -- Political aspects -- Italy -- Siena.
Siena (Italy) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
LC no. 2007014686
ISBN 9780300126785