Florence: The City and Its Architecture

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This book offers a comprehensive account of the architecture of Florence, setting the city's extraordinarily beautiful buildings within the political, economic, and cultural contexts in which they were made. The rapid expansion of its banking interests and its wool and textile industries brought Florence prosperity, and it became, under Medici power, the heart of the European Renaissance, and the sponsor of pivotal architectural works.
Stretching from the city's foundation by Julius Caesar in 59 BC to modern times, the text takes a thematic approach. It begins with a historical overview, then moves on to look at buildings associated with the powers of Church and State, followed by the practicalities of building and the main architectural types, ending with modern developments. Buildings covered range from the Duomo, with Brunelleschi's prodigious cupola, and the sprawling grandeur of the Palazzo Pitti, to neighbourhood churches and elegant lesser known piazzas. Landmark modernist buildings include those by architect Pier Luigi Nervi.
The extraordinary visual wealth of the city is reflected in specially commissioned photography, while original plans and paintings by Florentine masters emphasize the historical context. In addition to a glossary of Italian terms and biographical notes on major figures, the book includes a foldout map with a key to the buildings discussed.

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Richard Goy is a practising architect and an architectural historian. His previous books include the successful predecessor to this volume, Venice: The City and Its Architecture, also published by Phaidon.

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'Goy covers not just the architecture but also the background conditions to its creation - political, economic and social. All the major public buildings are here and most of the significant lesser ones ... illustrated with photos that are alluring without being flashy. And as with all the best books of this kind, it certainly makes one want to head off to see, or re-see, the place for oneself.' (World of Interiors) 'Glossy and coffee-table size, but informative and thorough, Goy's guide gives a brisk history of the city, and looks at the major monuments with concise descriptions, fine photographs and proper drawings.' (The Architectural Review) 'Richard Goy has a storyteller's tallent. He can condense complicated ideas and tortuous events into clear, simple and entertaining prose. ... Goy manages to convey - along with the history and the details of Florence - a sense of the wonder the city inspires. And like its subject, the book is sumptuous, beautifully designed ... and for many, irresistable.' (The Sunday Times) 'Richard Goy's excellent book concentrates on its [i.e. Florence's] visual splendour. ... Throughout Goy's text is sober and scholarly, while also remaining accessible to the general reader. The illustrations are lavish ... ' (Art Quarterly) 'Richard Goy's book ... can be stronly recommended as preparatory reading for a visit. Goy's aim is to fuse together an urban history or the city with an account of its architecture up to the present day, pointing out that few studies of this kind exist, even in Italian. His text is long and well informed ... Phaidon, as usual, has packaged his words beautifully, with hundreds of well-chosen illustrations, beautifully reproduced, including a good number of plans and sections. Even those who think they know Florence may well find new sights to discover ... ' (The Architect's Journal)

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