Brucker: Introduction...the Renaissance City
- On the setting: Some images:
- General: Renaissance Italy; Italian seapower; the city
then and another; Florence now; details;
- Landscape of Tuscany: alley; landscape1; landscape2; landscape3; landscape4. in the fall
- Urban scenes; hilltown and Orvieto. Fantasy? with walls ; Ardisosso; village; the good city
- Florence: the city
; the river and bridges and more bridges
- Buildings: tenement; urban palace, bargello; towers - San Gimingiano and a gate; in Bologna; street and another; at the Uffizi ; quiet street ; busy street
- hospital; and a painting of one; Medici palace ; houses ; and again
- the walls; another view ; map ;
- Shops: workshop1, workshop2, shop1, shop2 ; and in Florence ; loggia ; a florin ; shop on the ponte vecchio ; market
- transportation: carts and stands; cart. Agriculture ; the harness; village ; the loom ; clothes
- kitchen; food ; family ; at the market; a piazza; at Ipsa; dining; and again
- blackdeath; and again; Savonarola; original, Pazzi conspiracy.
- Feast days: one; two
- Some Florentines: Cosimo, Lorenzo, Guiliano; Dante; a woman and another; group scene
- Love and marriage; villa Medici; our residence
- Chapter 1
- note the significance of water in many contexts. Consider in how many
ways water contributed to the success of the city...note the downside...
- Town and country...note the interdependency of urban and rural; how
do you account for the emigration from the later to the former? Who moved
- What conclusion do you come to when you consider the skyline of the
city? What was important?
- Buildings, streets neighborhoods
- How does the layout of Florence differ from modern American cities in
respect to these terms?
- Note the organization of a household; we don't have much information
about the lower orders, but what conclusions do you come to based on the
- Note how patronage functioned in the neighborhoods. "social and
economic hetrogeneity" whatever does he mean?
- Changing face
- We will learn more about the "guild regime" later but what
do you think it can refer to?
- Competing demands for capital for what purposes?
- Bruckner writes at length about urban renewal...what was the problem
and what was the goal?
- Why would concerns of simplicity and symmetry dominate (n.b. p.34 on
this point). What was the attraction of the classical model?
- How was the day regulated? and the year? Two primary forces, climate
and religion. Religion in ameliorating life?
- What was the function of holidays...consider what the word means?
- What kinds of crises faced the Florentines? from outside? from inside?
human and natural disasters?