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Probing the role of culture in state craft, Alice Jarrard focuses on the ambitious Italian patron, Duke Francesco d'Este of Modena. The Duke deployed art works for his exiled family by drawing from vital Italian court traditions. He imported opera theater designs from Venice and called on famed Roman artists to create portraits and palaces. Demonstrating how performance brought paintings, sculptures, and buildings to life, Jarrard reveals the dynamic role of art in seventeenth-century political discourse.Read more
- First comparative history of ducal Italy and royal courts
- New approach to cultural patronage which highlights its specific political objectives
- Integrates study of display and ceremony with a close look at both painting and architecture
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"One of the book's important strengths is its focus on the provincial ducal seat. Jarrad's analysis skillfully suggests the particular challenges and nuances of Francesco's position and aspirations as expressed through art and architecture." Sixteenth Century Journal, Saundra Weddle, Drury UniversitySee more reviews
"Overall, Alice Jarrard provides a focused, well-detailed and interesting study of the patronage of Francesco d'Este that does much to restore his reputation as a serious patron, and highlight the sophisticated diplomatic skills that allowed him to cultivate an international acclaim and secure a lasting place for his family in the world of art history." Seventeenth-Century News
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- Date Published: November 2003
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521815093
- length: 324 pages
- dimensions: 255 x 183 x 25 mm
- weight: 0.903kg
- contains: 125 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print
Table of Contents
1. The urban arena
2. The Duke and his theater
3. Palace, status, dynastic refoundation
4. Portraits: working images of the Prince
5. Instrumenta regni: from the provinces to Rome and Paris.
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