THE BUILDINGS OF RENAISSANCE FLORENCE - an economic and social history.
Baltimore/London, The John Hopkins University Press, 1982. 2nd printing. Paperback, 22,5cmx15cm, Good copy /Cover illustrated, Cover design: Susan Bishop. Contents: Introduction. 1). The buildings of Renaissance Florence. 2). The thirteenth century. 3). Civic monuments. 3). Institutions and churches. 4). Private palaces. 5). The Renaissance city. 6). The ducal presence. Part I: Demand: The patrons. 1). The wherewithal to spend: The economic background. a). Florence and the European economy. b). Performance of the economy. c). Level of wealth. d). Social structure of wealth. 2). The reasons for building: needs and taste. a). Civic spirit and public building. b). Attitudes about private spending. c). The taste for building. d). The knowledge of architecture. e). The need for space. Part II: Supply: the construction industry. 3). Organization of work. a). Construction as a problem in industrial history. b). Contracting for construction: types of contracts - the nature of the contract - the limits of entrepreneurship. c). Managing the enterprise: administrative organisation - some examples of practice. 4). Production of materials. a). Bricks and lime: the history of bricks - kilns - industrial operations - the inquest of 1568 - regulations of the industry. b). Stone: the industry in the Middle Ages - quarry operations - workshops. c). The supply of other materials. 5). The guild. a). Building-craft guilds in Europe. b). L'Arte dei Maestri di Pietra e di Legname. c). Guild activities. d). The consular elite. 6). Labor. a). Conditions of work. b). Money and credit. c). Wage rates, d). Real wages. e). Standard of living. 7). The architect. a). Antecedents. b). Training. c). Practice. e). Employment. Conclusion: 1). The results: Art and architecture as investment. a). Construction and the economy. b). The decorative arts. c). The quality of economic efforts. d). Social quality of the economy. e). Development of a more mature economy. With illustrations, notes, tables, charts, graphs, maps, appendices and index. XVI + 459 pag.
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