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Florence free pdf From the early Etruscan settlement on the hill of Fiesole to the thriving cultural and artistic centre under the Medici rule of the Quattrocento through to the present, Florence has had a unique hold on the architectural imagination. This text aims to provide the first truly comphrehensive overview of the urban history of the city, unravelling the delicately intertwined strands of politics, religion, art and social culture. Instead of a strictly chronological approach, the book is organized thematically, documenting the city's expansion and the building of both monuments and the simplest of structures. Throughout, it reveals the influence of the city's two dominant forces: the Church and the state. From Brunelleschi's amazing cupola of the Duomo, to the sprawling grandeur of Palazzo Pitti, the icons as well as the architectural typologies of the Florentine landscape are analyzed in detail. Although the book emphasizes the medieval and Renaissance periods, one section is also devoted to Florence's modern architecture, which includes landmark buildings such as Pier Luigi Nervi's Stadio Communale. Specially-commissioned colour photography, original plans, contemporary drawings and reproductions of paintings and sculpture of renowned Florentine masters exemplify the extraordinary artistic wealth of the city which, under Medici power and patronage, became the heart of the European Renaissance. The book also includes a glossary of Italian architectural terms, biographical notes on major architects and historical figures, and a foldout city map that locates the buildings discussed in the book. "Florence: The City and its Architecture" is a companion publication to "Venice: The City and its Architecture", also by Richard Goy.

About Richard J. Goy

Richard J. Goy is a practicing architect in Britain and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He received his Ph.D. in 1980 from University College, London. In the last two years he has collaborated closely with Venetian architect Giorgio Gianighian on various conservation and restoration projects in Venice. Dr. Goy is the author of four books on Venice, including Venice: The City and its Architecture, published by Phaidon Press, Ltd., and three books published by Cambridge University Press. He has contributed to numerous dictionaries and atlases of art and architecture. Author's Residence: London

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Author : Richard J. Goy
Publisher : Phaidon Press Ltd
Data Published : 01 April 2002
ISBN : 0714839116
EAN : 9780714839110
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 320 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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