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The Mapping of Power in Renaissance Italy
Painted Cartographic Cycles in Social and Intellectual Context

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  • Date Published: November 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107067035

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  • How did maps of the distant reaches of the world communicate to the public in an era when exploration of those territories was still ongoing and knowledge about them remained incomplete? And why did Renaissance rulers frequently commission large-scale painted maps of those territories when they knew that they would soon be proven obsolete by newer, more accurate information? The Mapping of Power in Renaissance Italy addresses these questions by bridging the disciplines of art history and the histories of science, cartography, and geography to closely examine surviving Italian painted maps that were commissioned during a period better known for its printed maps and atlases. Challenging the belief that maps are strictly neutral or technical markers of geographic progress, this well-illustrated study investigates the symbolic and propagandistic dimensions of these painted maps as products of the competitive and ambitious European court culture that produced them.

    • The most comprehensive and detailed account in print of the relationship between art and cartography in Renaissance Europe
    • Redefines the field of Renaissance art as one that encompasses maps, charts, technical treatises and other tools usually considered primarily by historians of science
    • Appeals to those interested in the Age of Exploration since it is richly illustrated with maps made while those journeys were still in progress
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    Awards

    • Winner of the 2014 Founders Prize, Sixteenth Century Society and Conference

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    "Mark Rosen's The Mapping of Power in Renaissance Italy: Painted Cartographic Cycles in Social and Intellectual Context struck us as the most original, most thoughtfully grounded in theory, best researched, and most beautifully written of the manuscripts."
    Sixteenth Century Society and Conference Prize Committee

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    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107067035
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 261 x 187 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.79kg
    • contains: 91 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. A lost world: maps as decoration before the sixteenth century
    2. Wonders unknown to the ancients: maps as decoration in the early to mid sixteenth century
    3. The Medici Guardaroba and its role in the Florentine cosmos
    4. 'All the things of heaven and earth together': the Guardaroba program
    5. Manufacturing a universe: the Medici Guardaroba and its cosmographers
    6. The maps of the Medici Guardaroba
    7. The Guardaroba and the late cinquecento map-cycle competition
    Appendix: the curriculum of Don Stefano Buonsignori.

  • Author

    Mark Rosen, University of Texas, Dallas
    Mark Rosen is Assistant Professor of Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas, Dallas. A specialist in the art and cartography of early modern Europe, he has published work in The Art Bulletin, Oud Holland, Nuncius, and the Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz. He was formerly a Fellow of the Medici Archive Project at the Archivio di Stato in Florence, and he has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Kress Foundation.

    Awards

    • Winner of the 2014 Founders Prize, Sixteenth Century Society and Conference

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