Court Festivals of the European Renaissance: Art, Politics and Performance (Early Modern History S.)

Court Festivals of the European Renaissance: Art, Politics and Performance (Early Modern History S.)

By: Ronnie Mulryne (editor), Elizabeth Goldring (editor)Hardback

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Festivals were occasions to which Renaissance European courts devoted lavish resources. They marked all manner of state events and were charged with political, economic and cultural significance. The essays in this volume, by an international group of contributors, explore all of these aspects of court festivals and address occasions and topics particular to countries from England to Russia, Italy, France and Germany. They illustrate that festivals resulted both in the creation of high art, as in the work of Rubens, but most often in more emphemeral workmanship. Performances could be magnificent, though they were also fallible and occasionally disastrous. This collection demonstrates that these festivals provide fascinating material for all students of the political and artistic culture of the European Renaissance.

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Part 1 Recuperating the past: Early modern European festivals - politics and performance, event and record, Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly; The Renaissance triumph and its classical inheritance, Margaret McGowan. Part 2 Early modern France and festival: Court festival and triumphal entries under Henri II, Richard Cooper; Etiquette and architecture at the court of the last Valois, Monique Chatenet; The politics of festivals at the Court of the last Valois, Nicolas Le Roux; The financing and material organisation of court festivals under Louis XIV, Chantal Grell. Part 3 Festivals for Charles V: The two coronations of Charles V at Bologna, 1530, Bernhard Schimmelpfennig; Charles V's journey through France, 1539-40, R. J. Knecht; "Greater than Zeuxis and Apelles" - artists as arguments in the Antwerp entry of 1549, Jochen Becker. Part 4 Ceremony and Elizabethan England: The funeral of Sir Philip Sidney and the politics of Elizabethan festival, Elizabeth Goldring; "And the King of Barbary's envoy had to stand in the yard" - the perception of Elizabethan court festivals in Russia at the beginning of the 17th century, Victoria Musvik. Part 5 The performance of Festival - music, theatre, and event: Rites of passage - Cosimo I de' Medici and the theatre of death, Iain Fenlon; The role of music in Italian court festivals in the early Renaissance, Nicoletta Guidobaldi; Music and festival at a capital without a court - Spanish Naples from Charles V (1535) to Philip V (1702), Dinko Fabris; Music in Ferrarese festivals - harmony and chaos, Flora Dennis; Checklists for Philostrate, Roger Savage. Part 6 Festival and architecture: The theatrum for the entry of Claudia di Medici and Federigo Ubaldo Della Rovere into Urbino, 1621, Peter Davidson; The first temporary Triumphal Arch in Venice (1557), Maximilian L.S. Tondro; Ephemeral ceremonial architecture in Prague, Vienna and Cracow in the 16th and early 17th centuries, Marina Dmitrieva-Einhorn.

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  • publication date: 26/11/2002
  • ISBN13: 9780754606284
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 424
  • ID: 9780754606284
  • ISBN10: 0754606287

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