This interdisciplinary panel will examine the Renaissance palace from the perspective of social history. On the one hand a palace was the seat of a noble family, and the very heart and foundation of its dominion, which extended into the neighboring urban fabric through networks of patronage. On the other it was a microcosm of the diverse classes in Italian society, housing large populations of servants, laborers and staff. The use and distribution of goods (including art objects) within the household mapped these social relations between the nobility and lower classes.
Papers addressing the dynamics between members of different social strata, and the ways that class interactions were mediated by household goods and/or art objects will be considered.
Please send proposals of approximately one page to both organizers by May 15th.
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