Architecture and Money: Palladio's Earnings and Social Status

Architecture and Money: Palladio's Earnings and Social Status Louis Cellauro The economics of architects and painters working during the Renaissance in Venice and in the Veneto and more generally in the ltalian peninsula has been little examined, despite the groundwork laid by Martin Wackernagel in Der Lebensraum des Künstlers in der Florentinischen Renaissance (1938) and by Rudolf and Margot Wittkower in Born under Saturn: The Character and Conduct oi Artists (1963). As Richard E. Spear has noted, art and economics have long been snubbed by art historians as an ill-matched couple (310). The growing interest in the economics of early Italian art and architecture often focuses on patronage rather than on the actual earnings of artists.1 An analysis of data sampled from the many surviving payments would, however, make possible a better understanding of the changing social and cultural situation for artists and architects of the Renaissance that occurred as a result of the growth of wealth and the demand for art.2 This would enable us to establish for artists a ranking of the kind practised today by Forbes for various contemporary professions) A notable example of the analysis of a Renaissance artist's wealth is the systematic study by Rab Hatfield of Michelangelo's income ("The High http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Explorations in Renaissance Culture Brill

Architecture and Money: Palladio's Earnings and Social Status

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BRILL
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© Copyright 2008 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0098-2474
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2352-6963
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10.1163/23526963-90000351
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Louis Cellauro The economics of architects and painters working during the Renaissance in Venice and in the Veneto and more generally in the ltalian peninsula has been little examined, despite the groundwork laid by Martin Wackernagel in Der Lebensraum des Künstlers in der Florentinischen Renaissance (1938) and by Rudolf and Margot Wittkower in Born under Saturn: The Character and Conduct oi Artists (1963). As Richard E. Spear has noted, art and economics have long been snubbed by art historians as an ill-matched couple (310). The growing interest in the economics of early Italian art and architecture often focuses on patronage rather than on the actual earnings of artists.1 An analysis of data sampled from the many surviving payments would, however, make possible a better understanding of the changing social and cultural situation for artists and architects of the Renaissance that occurred as a result of the growth of wealth and the demand for art.2 This would enable us to establish for artists a ranking of the kind practised today by Forbes for various contemporary professions) A notable example of the analysis of a Renaissance artist's wealth is the systematic study by Rab Hatfield of Michelangelo's income ("The High

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Published: Dec 2, 2008

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