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Reviving the Renaissance

Reviving the Renaissance
The Use and Abuse of the Past in Nineteenth-Century Italian Art and Decoration

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Rosanna Pavoni, Ornella Selvafolta, Giuliana Ricci, Mauro Cozzi, Luigi Zangheri, Annalisa Zanni, Grazietta Butazzi, Stefano della Torre, Valeria Pracchi, Marianonietta Picone Petrusa, Fernando Mazzocca
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  • Date Published: July 1997
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print November 2007
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521481519

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  • This book offers an account of neo-Renaissance taste and style in Italy during the second half of the nineteenth century. By the time Italy had developed its obsession with the neo-Renaissance in the 1870s, collectors and scholars in the rest of Europe had been excited by Renaissance taste and style for several decades. In Italy the Renaissance was promptly reconceptualised, in a forced alignment with the accepted historical version of its birth and development, and its help enlisted in the search for an Italian national identity. But what represented this neo-Renaissance in Italy, and what aided its diffusion? In an attempt to answer these questions this book explores the many areas marked by neo-Renaissance taste. It traces its diffusion and development from the institutions which instructed its chief exponents, to architecture and exhibitions and the publications which disseminated neo-Renaissance designs so effectively.

    • The first attempt to describe the reformulation of Renaissance design and style in later nineteenth-century Italy
    • Describes how the Renaissance was 'used and abused' in the search for an Italian national identity
    • Includes many unusual illustrations depicting the recreation of the Renaissance in the nineteenth century
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    • Date Published: July 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521481519
    • length: 295 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 196 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.855kg
    • contains: 85 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print November 2007
  • Table of Contents

    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.

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    Rosanna Pavoni, Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Milan


    Rosanna Pavoni, Ornella Selvafolta, Giuliana Ricci, Mauro Cozzi, Luigi Zangheri, Annalisa Zanni, Grazietta Butazzi, Stefano della Torre, Valeria Pracchi, Marianonietta Picone Petrusa, Fernando Mazzocca

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