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The Este Monuments and Urban Development in Renaissance Ferrara

The Este Monuments and Urban Development in Renaissance Ferrara

  • Date Published: February 1998
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print October 2005
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521561396

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  • The Este Monuments and Urban Development in Renaissance Ferrara examines the transformation of one of Italy's most important city states as engineered by a succession of Este rulers. During the course of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, individual Este princes constructed and embellished palaces and citadels, founded and supported churches and monastic complexes, and encouraged or sponsored major urban projects, including the famous Ercolean Addition, as a means of glorifying their city and defining their own position within it. In tandem with these projects, four public sculptural monuments dedicated to Este princes were also erected or planned for the city. Set into the context of the urban development of Ferrara, the four projects reveal the role that princely and public patronage played in the process of political self-fashioning and promotion in early Renaissance Italy.

    • First comprehensive interpretation of a series of public sculptural monuments honouring Alberto, Niccolo III, Borso and Ercole I d'Este
    • Examines a city outside the traditional centres of study
    • Includes numerous new documents as well as a rereading of those previously published
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    '… lucid and deftly argued … Rosenberg's book is an important addition to the literature on Renaissance Ferrara. It is beautifully written, and the author shares with the reader his great sensitivity for the political messages transmitted by public sculpture'. The Art Book

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    • Date Published: February 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521561396
    • length: 349 pages
    • dimensions: 261 x 185 x 26 mm
    • weight: 1.13kg
    • contains: 62 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print October 2005
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The early development of Ferrara from its origins to the death of Alberto V D'Este
    2. The monument to Alberto V D'Este
    3. The development of Ferrara during the reign of Niccolo III D'Este
    4. The monument to Niccolo III D'Este
    5. The development of Ferrara during the reign of Borso D'Este
    6. The monument to Borso D'Este
    7. The urban development of Ferrara during the reign of Ercole I D'Este
    8. The monument to Ercole I D'Este.

  • Author

    Charles M. Rosenberg, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

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