Publisher description for Private lives : art, architecture, and the family in Renaissance Venice / Patricia Fortini Brown.


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A lively account of how life was lived behind the imposing doors of the sixteenth-century Renaissance palaces of Venice

This book offers an engaging and original perspective on the private lives and material culture of patrician families in sixteenth-century Venice. Distinguished art historian Patricia Fortini Brown takes us behind the elegant faCades of grand palaces built along the Venetian canals and examines the roles of both fine and applied arts in family life as well as the public messages that these impressive homes conveyed.

Illustrated with hundreds of varied and unusual images, the book provides a lively picture of the aristocratic lifestyle during a period of changing definitions of nobility. The author considers such wide-ranging themes as attitudes toward wealth and display, the articulation of family identity, and the visual culture of Venetian women-how they decorated their homes, dressed, undertook domestic tasks, entertained, and raised their children. Recapturing the interplay between the public and private, she offers an account of Venetian households unequalled in vividness and detail.

Also available by Patricia Fortini Brown

Venice and Antiquity: The Venetian Sense of the Past ISBN 0-300-06700-3 $75.00sc

Venetian Narrative Painting in the Age of Carpaccio paper ISBN 0-300-04743-6 $40.00sc



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Decoration and ornament Social aspects Italy Venice, Decoration and ornament, Renaissance Italy Venice, Interior decoration Italy Venice History 15th century, Interior decoration Italy Venice History 16th century, Upper class families Homes and haunts Italy Venice, Venice (Italy) Social life and customs