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Street Life in Renaissance Italy

Fabrizio Nevola


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A radical new perspective on the dynamics of urban life in Renaissance Italy

The cities of Renaissance Italy comprised a network of forces shaping both the urban landscape and those who inhabited it. In this illuminating study, those complex relations are laid bare and explored through the lens of contemporary urban theory, providing new insights into the various urban centers of Italy’s transition toward modernity. The book underscores how the design and structure of public space during this transformative period were intended to exercise a certain measure of authority over its citizens, citing the impact of architecture and street layout on everyday social practices. The ensuing chapters demonstrate how the character of public space became increasingly determined by the habits of its residents, for whom the streets served as the backdrop of their daily activities. Highlighting major hubs such as Rome, Florence, and Bologna, as well as other lesser-known settings, Street Life in Renaissance Italy offers a new look at this remarkable era.

Yale University Press, 9780300175431, 320pp.

Publication Date: November 24, 2020

About the Author

Fabrizio Nevola is professor of art history and visual culture at the University of Exeter.