Friendship, Love, and Trust in Renaissance Florence

ISBN-10: 0674031377

ISBN-13: 9780674031371

Edition: 2009

Authors: Dale Kent
List price: $39.00
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Description: The question of whether true friendship could exist in an era of patronage occupied Renaissance Florentines as it had the ancient Greeks and Romans whose culture they admired and emulated. Rather than attempting to measure Renaissance friendship against a universal ideal defined by essentially modern notions of disinterestedness, intimacy, and sincerity, in this book Dale Kent explores the meaning of love and friendship as they were represented in the fifteenth century, particularly the relationship between heavenly and human friendship. She documents the elements of shared experience in friendships between Florentines of various occupations and ranks, observing how these were shaped and played out in the physical spaces of the city: the streets, street corners, outdoor benches and loggias, family palaces, churches, confraternal meeting places, workshops of artisans and artists, taverns, dinner tables, and the baptismal font. Finally, Kent examines the betrayal of trust, focusing on friends at moments of crisis or trial in which friendships were tested, and failed or endured. The exile of Cosimo dersquo; Medici in 1433 and his recall in 1434, the attempt in 1466 of the Medici familyrsquo;s closest friends to take over their patronage network, and the Pazzi conspiracy to assassinate Lorenzo and Giuliano dersquo; Medici in 1478 expose the complexity and ambivalence of Florentine friendship, a combination of patronage with mutual intellectual passion and love-erotic, platonic, and Christian-sublimely expressed in the poetry and art of Michelangelo.

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Book details

List price: $39.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 1/31/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Dale Kent is Professor of History, University of California, Riverside, and the author of Cosimo de�e(tm) Medici and the Florentine Renaissance.

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