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Seminar 08

Courts and Republics: Patrons and Spectators


Seminar questions

  1. Was there a competition among Italian princes for the patronage of the arts?


  1. How far did Italian courts determine artistic production?


  1. How did male and female patronage differ?


  1. Did the status of artists rise in the eyes of patrons?



Suggested reading

Baldwin, Robert W., ‘Art Patronage in Van der Weyden’s Time’, in Rogier van der Weyden/Rogier de la Pasture: Official Painter to the City of Brussels; Portrait Painter of the Burgundian Court, Brussels 1979, pp. 24-35 [ND 673.W3]


Barzman, Karin-edis, The Florentine Academy and the Early Modern State: The Discipline of Disegno, Cambridge 2000 [N 332.187.B2]


Baxandall, Michael, Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy, Oxford 1972 [ND 615.B2]


Campbell, Stephen J. (ed), Artists at Court: Image-Making and Identity, 1300-1550, Chicago 2004


Chong, A. - Pegazzano, D. - Zikos, D. (eds.), Raphael, Cellini and a Renaissance Banker. The Patronage of Bindo Altoviti, Milan 2004 [N 5273.2.A5]


Cole, Alison, Virtue and Magnificence: Art of the Italian Renaissance Courts, New York 1995 [N 6915.C6]


Fletcher, Jennifer M., ‘Isabella d’Este, Patron and Collector’, in Splendours of the Gonzaga, ed. by David Chambers and Jane Martineau, London 1982, pp. 51-63 [N 6921.M3]


Goldthwaite, Richard A., Wealth and the Demand for Art in Italy 1300-1600, Baltimore-London 1993, section 3 [NX 711.I8]


Hollingsworth, Mary, Patronage in Renaissance Italy: From 1400 to the Early Sixteenth Century, London 1994 [N 6915.H6]


Hollingsworth, Mary, Patronage in Sixteenth-Century Italy, London 1996 [N 6915.H6]


King, Catherine E., Renaissance Women Patrons. Wives and Widows in Italy, c. 1300-1550, Manchester 1998 [N 6915.K4]


Lawrence, C. (ed.), Women and Art in Early Modern Europe. Patrons, Collectors and Connoisseurs, University Park (PA) 1997


Lytle, Guy F. - Orgel, Stephen, Patronage in the Renaissance, Princeton 1981, essays by Hope and Janson [CB 361.P2]


Marchand, E. - Wright, A. (eds.), With and Without the Medici: Studies in Tuscan Art and Patronage, 1434-1530, Aldershot 1998 [N 6915.W4]


O’Malley, Michelle, “Late Fifteenth- and Early Sixteenth-Century Painting Contracts and the Stipulated Use of the Painter’s Hand”, in With and Without the Medici. Studies in Tuscan Art and Patronage 1434-1530, ed. by Echart Marchand and Alison Wright, Aldershot 1998, pp. 155-178 [N 6915.W4]


Perry, Gill (ed.), Gender and Art, New Haven-London 1999 [N 7630.G3]


Reiss, Sheryl E. - Wilkins, David G., Beyond Isabella. Secular Women Patrons of Art in Renaissance Italy, Kinksville 2001


Robertson, Clare, ‘Il Gran Cardinale’. Alessandro Farnese, Patron of the Arts, New Haven-London 1992 [ N 5273.2.F2]


Rosenberg, Charles M. (ed), Art and Politics in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Italy, 1250-1500, Notre Dame-London 1990 [N 6915.A7]


Shearman, John, ‘Only Connect…’: Art and the Spectator in the Italian Renaissance, Princeton 1992 [N 6915.S4]


Starn, Randolph - Patridge, L., Arts of Power: Three Halls of State in Italy, 1300-1600, Berkeley 1992 [NA 7755.S8]


Welch, Evelyn, Art and Authority in Renaissance Milan, New Haven-London 1995 [N 6921.M4]


Welch, Evelyn, Art and Society in Italy, 1350-1500, Oxford 1997, chs. 7-9 [N 6915.W3]


Welch, Evelyn, ‘Women as Patrons and Clients in the Courts of Quattrocento Italy’, in Women in Italian Renaissance Culture and Society, ed. Letizia Panizza, Oxford 2000, pp. 18-34 [PQ 4076.W6]


Wilson, Jane C., Painting in Bruges at the close of the Middle Ages: studies in society and visual culture, University Park, Pa., 1998, ch. 1 [ND 671.B7]