Interpreting the Renaissance: Princes, Cities, Architects. Translated by Daniel Sherer. Foreword by K. Michael Hays.

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First Edition in English (1st Italian ed., 1992). xxxi, 408 pp; 166 illus. Original cloth, large 8vo. Near Fine, in near fine dust jacket. Winner of the Sir Nikolaus Pevsner International Book Award for Architecture. 'Manfredo Tafuri (19351994) is acknowledged as one of Italy's most influential architectural historians. In his final work, Interpreting the Renaissance, published here in English for the first time (the Italian edition, Ricerca del Rinascimento, appeared in 1992), Tafuri analyzes Renaissance architecture from a variety of perspectives, exploring questions that occupied him for over thirty years. What theoretical terms were used to describe the humanist analogy between architecture and language? Is it possible to identify the political motivations behind the period's new urban strategies? And how does humanism embody both an attachment to tradition and an urge to experiment? Tafuri studies the theory and practice of Renaissance architecture, offering new and compelling readings of its various social, intellectual and cultural contexts, while providing a broad understanding of uses of representation that shaped the entire era. He synthesizes the history of architectural ideas and projects through discussions of the great centers of architectural innovation in Italy (Florence, Rome, and Venice), key patrons from the middle of the fifteenth century (Pope Nicholas V) to the early sixteenth century (Pope Leo X), and crucial figures such as Leon Battista Alberti, Filippo Brunelleschi, Lorenzo de' Medici, Raphael, Baldassare Castiglione, and Giulio Romano. A magnum opus by one of Europe's finest scholars, Interpreting the Renaissance is an essential book for anyone interested in the architecture and culture of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy' (Yale University Press Web site). 'There is much stimulating comment on the cultural and political meanings of the antique revival and its relation to 'modernity', with many nuggets of scholarly information about the language of the classical orders' (David Watkin, Literary Review). 'This was the last book written by Tafuri before his untimely death in 1994. Dense and complex in its arguments, it has not so far received the attention it deserves in the English-speaking world. The lucid and thoughtful translation by Daniel Sherer will finally allow a broader constituency to reflect on its provocative and subtle propositions' (Deborah Howard, Burlington Magazine). Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Manfredo Tafuri (1935 1994) is acknowledged as one of Italy’s most influential architectural historians. In his final work, Interpreting the Renaissance, published here in English for the first time (the Italian edition, Ricerca del Rinascimento, appeared in 1992), Tafuri analyzes Renaissance architecture from a variety of perspectives, exploring questions that occupied him for over thirty years.  
What theoretical terms were used to describe the humanist analogy between architecture and language? Is it possible to identify the political motivations behind the period’s new urban strategies? And how does humanism embody both an attachment to tradition and an urge to experiment?
Tafuri studies the theory and practice of Renaissance architecture, offering new and compelling readings of its various social, intellectual and cultural contexts, while providing a broad understanding of uses of representation that shaped the entire era. He synthesizes the history of architectural ideas and projects through discussions of the great centers of architectural innovation in Italy (Florence, Rome, and Venice), key patrons from the middle of the fifteenth century (Pope Nicholas V) to the early sixteenth century (Pope Leo X), and crucial figures such as Leon Battista Alberti, Filippo Brunelleschi, Lorenzo de’ Medici, Raphael, Baldassare Castiglione, and Giulio Romano.
A magnum opus by one of Europe’s finest scholars, Interpreting the Renaissance is an essential book for anyone interested in the architecture and culture of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy.

About the Author: Manfredo Tafuri was Chairman of the Faculty of the History of Architecture and the Director of the Institute of History at the Architecture Institute in Venice. His numerous books include Theories and History of Architecture, Architecture and Utopia, The Sphere and the Labyrinth, and Venice and the Renaissance. 

K. Michael Hays is professor in the department of architecture at Harvard University. 
Daniel Sherer is a historian and critic who teaches at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

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Publisher: New Haven & London: Yale University Press, in association with Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, 2006.
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