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The Italian Renaissance:
Culture and Society in Italy
Peter Burke
With a new preface by the author

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Illustrations vii
Introduction 1
The Theme 1
The Approach 4
A Revised Edition 8

PART I The Problem
1 The Arts in Renaissance Italy 17
2 The Historians: The Discovery of Social and Cultural History 32

PART II The Arts in their Milieu
3 Artists and Writers 47
Recruitment 47
Training 56
The Organization of the Arts 67
The Status of the Arts 80
Artists as Social Deviants 88
4 Patrons and Clients 94
Who are the Patrons? 95
Patrons v. Artists 107
Architecture, Music and Literature 118
The Rise of the Market 125
5 The Uses of Works of Art 132
Magic and Religion 133
Politics 138
The Private Sphere 148
Art for Pleasure 151
6 Taste 152
The Visual Arts 153
Music 161
Literature 164
Varieties of Taste 166
7 Iconography 171

PART III The Wider Society
8 Worldviews: Some Dominant Traits 187
Views of the Cosmos 188
Views of Society 198
Views of Man 203
Towards the Mechanization of the World Picture 211
9 The Social Framework 215
Religious Organization 215
Political Organization 220
The Social Structure 228
The Economy 234
10 Cultural and Social Change 241
Generations 242
Structural Changes 249
11 Comparisons and Conclusions 255
The Netherlands 256
Japan 259

Appendix: The Creative Elite 264
References and Bibliography 266
Index 314

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