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Siena
13 Oct 2022 * HARDBACK * £40 * 9781801101141

An illustrated history of Siena, one of the most-visited cities in Italy.

Non Fiction / HBLH (Modern History)
Extent: 432 pages  Format: 234 x 156 mm Illus: 100 integrated col
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The Light of Italy
Also by Jane Stevenson
Siena: The Life and Afterlife of a Medieval Cityby Jane Stevenson

An authoritative, richly illustrated history, and affectionate celebration, of Siena, one of the best-loved and most-visited cities in Italy.

Occupying a hilltop site in the midst of a vast, undulating landscape – between the wine-producing region of Chianti to the north and the truffle-filled woods of the Crete Senesi to the south – Siena is as much a magnet for contemporary tourism as Florence.

However, its proud republican past presents an intriguing contrast with its Medici-dominated northern Tuscan rival, with which it tussled for local supremacy for much of the High Middle Ages. From the twelfth century, profiting from its advantageous position on a major pilgrim route, the Republic of Siena developed into a major European power and remained an important commercial, financial and artistic centre for four centuries.

Jane Stevenson tells the story of how the city rose to its astonishingly productive cultural heyday in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries before suffering a catastrophic late medieval decline in the aftermath of the Black Death. But she also reveals how it transcended this early loss of power to enjoy a prosperous civic afterlife and cherished position as a uniquely well-preserved medieval city, crammed with world-class art and architecture, furnished with appealing and intriguing traditions, and set in a heavenly landscape.

Jane Stevenson has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Sheffield, Warwick and Aberdeen, and is now a Senior Research Fellow at Campion Hall, Oxford. She is the author of Baroque Between the Wars, a study of alternative currents in the interwar arts, Edward Burra: Twentieth Century Eye and The Light of Italy: The Life and Times of Federico da Montefeltro.

Beautifully illustrated by 100 colour images.

Siena is an iconic Italian city – with astonishing medieval architecture, intriguing traditions and unique sense of local identity.

MARKET: The Light of Italy; Mary Hollingsworth; Catherine Fletcher.


PRAISE FOR THE LIGHT OF ITALY:
'Painstakingly researched and yet unfailingly readable' Ross King.
'An insight into one of Renaissance Italy's most glamorous courts' Catherine Fletcher.
'In a narrative matching her book's sumptious illustrations, Jane Stevenson celebrates Urbino as an essential place of pilgrimage for all lovers of Italian art and literature' Jonathan Keates.
'A fascinating account of the patrons and artists behind the creation of one of Italy's hidden treasures'
Mary Hollingsworth

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