The Triumph of Vulcan
Sculptors'Tools, Porphyry, and the Prince in Ducal Florence
1996, cm 21,5 x 31, 2 voll. di 726 pp. con 210 ill. f.t. di cui 68 a colori. Rilegato. English text.
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This richly documented study of a technological advance made in sixteenth-century Tuscany explores the overlapping worlds of princes, stoneworkers and literati, and of technical experts like alchemists, physicians, armourers, timepiece makers and apothecaries. It considers the nature of innovation in the use of technical metaphors to construct images of political power, moral integrity and artistic mastery.