One of the key factors that fueled the amazing artistic developments of the Renaissance era was the political structure of the Italian peninsula. Powerful families grew into political powerhouses amidst the patchwork quilt of duchies and republics that stretched across the land, and it was within this environment that art and architectural commissions began to be seen as a means to build images of authority and bolster one’s status as both wealthy and intellectual. The result, as showcased in Italian Renaissance Courts: Art, Pleasure, and Power, was the creation of courtly styles that challenged convention, bridged traditions, and changed the course of art overall.

Focusing on the art of Naples, Urbino, Ferrara, Mantua, and Milan, this book offers a comprehensive look at the princes who commissioned the great art and architecture of the age and the masters who brought them to life. In the accompanying analysis, these iconic creations can be seen through the multivalenced lens of the patron and the desired connections that the work conveyed, revealing the strategy behind the creation of some of art history’s most simply splendid art. Italian Renaissance Courts is now available on Musebooks.