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Lorenzo and Giovanna: Life and Art in Renaissance Florence (Paperback)
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Lorenzo and Giovanna: Life and Art in Renaissance Florence (Paperback)

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Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 01/11/2010
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Beauty and drama come together in this true and compelling story set in the colourful, turbulent world of late-15th-century Florence. The talented son of a successful banker and the beautiful daughter of an influential patrician: their marriage seemed made in heaven, but they were both to meet untimely and tragic ends. This book tells the story of two forgotten protagonists of the Florentine Renaissance: Lorenzo Tornabuoni (1468-97) and his wife, Giovanna degli Albizzi (1468-88). Unpublished documents from family archives allow us to glimpse their daily lives, while poems and works of art offer insight into their notions of love, marriage, birth, death and hopes of eternal life. The contradictions of Italian Renaissance culture clearly emerge, such as the tendency to combine a highly principled intellectual life and aesthetic refinement with self-glorification and political ruthlessness. The author shows how life and art were completely interwoven in this period, and explains the significance of works of art by the likes of Botticelli and Ghirlandaio and their place in the lives of Lorenzo and Giovanna.

Publisher: Mandragora
ISBN: 9788874611287
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 712 g
Dimensions: 240 x 170 mm

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