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p. 1088. The story of a square: art and urbanism in Florencelocked

  • Geraldine A. Johnson

Abstract

The story of the Renaissance should be looked at through an exploration of the complex interactions between players and settings: the places, patrons, art beholders, art creators, and historical circumstances. ‘The story of a square: art and urbanism in Florence’ steps outside and looks at the actual streets and squares where the beholders could see how large-scale public sculpture could be actively integrated into their lives and concerns, specifically focusing on Florence's Piazza della Signoria. This square was effectively turned into a vast outdoor gallery for sculpture and became itself a work of art. The changing physical and historical circumstances of the square shows the links that bound the meanings of the sculptures contained within it.

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