The Renaissance at a Glance: The Panoramic View of Florence

P.B.M. van den Akker

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Since its inauguration in 1869, hardly anyone who travels to Florence will miss a visit to the Piazzale Michelangelo to enjoy the panoramic view of the city. But there is more than meets the eye. In this chapter it is argued that around 1800 the panorama of Florence started to grow into an iconic view, in line with the formative role that historians began to assign to the fifteenth-century Republic of Florence in Europe’s early cultural development; an idea that culminated in Burckhardt’s characterization of Florence as the cradle of modern man. Bearing this idea in mind, this chapter studies how the panorama, as seen from the southern hills, captures at a glance the Tuscan city in its almost unaltered early Renaissance state and demonstrates how it slowly grew into a very popular image that conjures up Florence’s historical achievements in a nutshell.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Construction and Dynamics of Cultural Icons
EditorsErica van Boven, Marieke Winkler
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9789048550838
ISBN (Print)9789463728225
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2021

Publication series

SeriesHeritage and Memory Studies


  • Florence, Piazzale Michelangelo, William Roscoe, Louis Gauffier, Lord Byron, Stendhal, Jacob Burckhardt


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