Florentine Villas in the Fifteenth Century: An Architectural and Social History

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April 2005



This 2005 book investigates the architecture and patronage strategies of Florentine villas in fifteenth-century Italy.


Introduction; Part I. The Strozzi: 1. The acquisition and alienation of country property; 2. The agricultural estate; 3. Sites; 4. The villa complex; 5. Repair, construction and rural patronage; 6. The architecture of a 'Casa da Signore': Santuccio; 7. Villa interiors; 8. Villa functions and attitudes; Part II. The Sassetti: 9. The Sassetti family and their property; 10. Francesco Sassetti's Villa at La Pietra; 11. The Villa at La Pietra in the context of contemporary architecture; 12. The role of the Villa at La Pietra in the life of Francesco Sassetti; Conclusion; Appendices.


Amanda Lillie is Senior Lecturer in the History of Art at the University of York. A scholar of Renaissance architecture, she is the author of several articles on Medici villas, domestic chapels and oratories, and the effects of weather on architectural design.


Review of the hardback: 'This book is the result of a remarkable piece of research that carves out a new and important subject. While it is true that some fifteenth-century Florentine villas have become very well known, these, as Amanda Lillie notes, are principally the five Medici villas at Trebbio, Cafaggiolo, Careggi, Fiesole and Poggio a Caiano, and they are hardly representative of Florentine villa architecture of this time. It is this distortion that the author hopes to remedy by examining some of the 'more ordinary' rural buildings of the period on the basis of detailed and meticulous investigation carried out predominantly in the archive. ... It is a measure of Lillie's scholarly ingenuity that she has succeeded in producing a book that fulfils her stated objective and provides such a wealth of new factual material.' The Burlington Magazine
EAN: 9780521770477
ISBN: 0521770475
Untertitel: 'Architecture in Early Modern I'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2005
Seitenanzahl: 353 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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