This book offers an account of neo-Renaissance taste and style in Italy during the second half of the nineteenth century, and of the ways in which the Renaissance was enlisted in the search for Italian national identity. Contributions are included on art, architecture, town planning, and on more everyday topics such as fashions and furnishings. The successful dissemination of Renaissance design is also examined, through art schools, fashion magazines, historical painting and photography.
Introduction Rosanna Pavoni; 1. The legacy of the Renaissance in nineteenth-century architecture and applied arts periodicals Ornella Selvafolta; 2. Architettura in fiore, Giuliana Ricci; 3. Architecture, ornament, the neo-Renaissance and photography Mauro Cozzi and Luigi Zangheri; 4. The neo-Renaissance as the image of the private Annalisa Zanni; 5. The abuse of the Renaissance: elegance and revival in post-Unification Italy Grazietta Butazzi; 6. The neo-Renaissance in nineteenth-century Italy: the search for self-representation in city architecture Stefano Della Torre and Valeria Pracchi; 7. The Italian neo-Renaissance at exhibitions during the later nineteenth century Mariantonietta Picone Petrusa; 8. The Renaissance repertoire in the history painting of nineteenth-century Italy Fernando Mazzocca.