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"Art of Princely Courts" Online Lecture by Allan Langdale

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"Art of Princely Courts"  Online Lecture by Allan Langdale
"Art of Princely Courts"  Online Lecture by Allan Langdale

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Feb 20, 2022, 7:00 PM

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Promotion and Princes: The Art & Architecture of Italian Renaissance Courts

During the renaissance northern Italy was, for the most part, divided up into princely states and dukedoms. While cities such as Venice and, for a time, Florence, were republics, several northern city states were ruled by princely families that attempted to establish hereditary rule. These domains included places such as Milan, Mantua, Rimini, Ferrara and Urbino. The families that ruled these domains—the Gonzaga, Montefeltro, Sforza, Malatesta, and Este—were extremely important patrons of art and architecture. This lecture examines the ways that renaissance princely families used art and architecture as a mode of political promotion and self-fashioning as a way to represent power and the idealized fictions of rulership.


Allan Langdale is an art and architectural historian, photographer, filmmaker, and travel writer who received his Ph.D. in art history from UC Santa Barbara. He has taught courses in Italian Renaissance art, Greek, Roman, Byzantine (including Georgian and Armenian architecture), and Indian and Islamic art and architecture. He currently teaches art history at UC Santa Cruz as a lecturer. 


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