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Week 5 - Medici Patronage
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Liz Loveland
Dec 15, 2020
I'm partway through this week's reading assignments and they've brought to mind something I thought I'd share in advance of tomorrow's class. It will probably sound off-topic at first, so please bear with me (if interested). Before I traveled to Istanbul, I watched a few pre-recorded lectures about it, one of which talked about the shift from pagan temple architecture to Byzantine church architecture. Because pagan worship was done outside the temple, the decorative emphasis was on the exterior; whereas with early Christianity, the congregation worshiped inside the building, so the decorative emphasis was on the interior, and most early Christian churches consequently are quite plain on the exterior. The lecture pointed out that this change in architecture was a reflection of a drastic change in the way people worshiped. (I think Ravenna also illustrates this change well.) Then last summer I took a course Emily Maloney gave on Florence and when she talked about the Florentine concept of civic pride and some of the changes in architecture that happened around the same time, I was reminded of these things and contemplated how the Renaissance brought about a fresh change in that the primary emphasis for places of worship once again became the exterior, with many of them painting over or dismantling many of the interior elements such as many earlier frescoes and many earlier fancily decorated private chapels. I posited that it seemed that civic pride placed an emphasis on the exterior of buildings since they were visible to all and not just to the congregation, as had been the case with the architecture of pagan temples.
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Week 2 - The Dawn of the Renaissance to the Tumultuous 14th century
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Week 1 - The Rise of the City State
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Liz Loveland
Nov 24, 2020
@elaine Thanks, Elaine.
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