Emphasizing on the one hand the reconstruction of the material culture of specific residences, and on the other, the way in which particular domestic objects reflect, shape, and mediate family values and relationships within the home, this volume offers a distinct contribution to research on the early modern Italian domestic interior. Though the essays mainly take an art historical approach, the book is interdisciplinary in that it considers the social implications of domestic objects for family members of different genders, age, and rank, as well as for visitors to the home. By adopting a broad chronological framework that encompasses both Renaissance and Baroque Italy, and by expanding the regional scope beyond Florence and Venice to include domestic interiors from less studied centers such as Urbino, Ferrara, and Bologna, this collection offers genuinely new perspectives on the home in early modern Italy.
'A short review cannot do justice to the breadth and depth of quality research in this book. It provides an excellent account of the field and it deserves to be highly regarded.' Parergon
'As with the theme itself, the book’s audience is wide, encompassing art, architectural, and cultural historians who, like its editors and contributors, wish to “breathe a little social life in the Renaissance palace” (Richard Goldthwaite, Wealth and Demand for Art in Italy, 1300 –1600 , qtd. in 1). This is certainly achieved insofar as the variety of topics examined and the richness of the scholarship, including ways of interpreting inventories, are concerned. ...A collection of such scholarship makes an important contribution to increasingly developing studies on material culture and indeed furnishes our understanding of domesticity in the early modern period.' Renaissance Quarterly