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Author Hohti, Paula, 1968- author.

Title Artisans, objects and everyday life in Renaissance Italy : the material culture of the middling class / Paula Hohti Erichsen
Published Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, [2020]


Description 1 online resource (364 pages) : illustrations
Series Visual and material culture, 1300-1700
Visual and material culture, 1300-1700.
Contents Introduction -- 1. Artisans and local traders in Renaissance Siena -- 2. The economic status of Sienese artisans and shopkeepers -- 3. Boundaries, borders, and hierarchies -- 4. Business and income -- 5. Buying and acquiring material goods -- 6. Dowries and the circulation of material goods -- 7. A respectable and comfortable home -- 8. Novelty, refinement, and "splendour" -- 9. The home on show -- Conclusion
Summary Did ordinary Italians have a 'Renaissance'? This book presents the first in-depth exploration of how artisans and small local traders experienced the material and cultural Renaissance. Drawing on a rich blend of sixteenth century visual and archival evidence, it examines how individuals and families at artisanal levels (such as shoemakers, barbers, bakers and innkeepers) lived and worked, managed their household economies and consumption, socialised in their homes, and engaged with the arts and the markets for luxury goods. It demonstrates that although the economic and social status of local craftsmen and traders was relatively low, their material possessions show how these men and women who rarely make it into the history books were fully engaged with contemporary culture, cultural customs and the urban way of life.-- Provided by publisher
Analysis Early modern artisans and shopkeepers
Early modern material culture and daily life
History of Siena
Italian Renaissance
Material culture and consumer history
Renaissance domestic interior and decorative arts
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Paula Hohti Erichsen is Professor of the History of Art and Culture at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, Finland, and scientific director of the ERC consolidator-grant funded project Refashioning the Renaissance: Popular Groups, Fashion, and the Material and Cultural Significance of Clothing in Europe, 1550-1650. She is specialized in studies of Italian Renaissance dress, material culture, and decorative arts, with a special focus on their role and function within the classes of artisans and shopkeepers
Print version record
Subject Material culture -- Italy -- Siena -- History -- 16th century
Middle class -- Italy -- Siena -- History -- 16th century
Artisans -- Italy -- Siena -- History -- 16th century
History of art and design styles: c 1400 to c 1600.
Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700.
ART / History / Renaissance
Manners and customs
Material culture
Middle class
Siena (Italy) -- Civilization -- 16th century
Siena (Italy) -- Social life and customs -- History -- 16th century
Italy -- Siena
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789048550265