Dio e denaro
Riforma e transizione: il Rinascimento
2008, cm 15 x 21, 90 pp. con 70 tavv. f.t.
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This is the Italian version of God and Money, a small classic on the development of the Florentine Renaissance. During the Dark Ages, death-and-after-life-oriented Christianity saved Europe. But after 1000 AD this philosophy was inexorably pushed aside by commerce and money. The Black Death (1348/9) and the Great Schism (1378-1417) are the catalysts for the Renaissance, which is seen as the secular side of the changes which lead to the Reformation.
Richard Fremantle is an art historian, and a historian of the Florentine Renaissance who has lived in Florence and Tuscany for many years. Fremantle grew up in New York City, and was trained at Columbia University, with Otto Brendel and Meyer Schapiro as teachers. He has published many articles, particularly about Masaccio and the early Renaissance. His books include, Florentine Painting in the Uffizi, a study on the development of Renaissance painting, Florentine Gothic Painters, the standard work on painting and painters between Giotto and Masaccio, Masaccio, a study of the painter’s work and influence, and God and Money, the Italian version of which is described above. Fremantle is also the founder of FFAST, (Fondazione Fremantle per Artisti Stranieri in Toscana), a collection of work by foreign artists who have worked in Tuscany in the 20th and 21st centuries.