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Noisy Renaissance : Sound, Architecture, and Florentine Urban Life (Reprint) (Paperback) (Niall

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From the strictly regimented church bells to the freewheeling chatter of civic life, Renaissance Florence was a city built not just of stone but of sound as well. An evocative alternative to the dominant visual understanding of urban spaces, The Noisy Renaissance examines the premodern city as an acoustic phenomenon in which citizens used sound to navigate space and society.

Analyzing a range of documentary and literary evidence, art and architectural historian Niall Atkinson creates an “acoustic topography” of Florence. The dissemination of official messages, the rhythm of prayer, and the murmur of rumor and gossip combined to form a soundscape that became a foundation in the creation and maintenance of the urban community just as much as the city’s physical buildings. Sound in this space triggered a wide variety of social behaviors and spatial relations: hierarchical, personal, communal, political, domestic, sexual, spiritual, and religious.

By exploring these rarely studied soundscapes, Atkinson shows Florence to be both an exceptional and an exemplary case study of urban conditions in the early modern period.

Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 260
Genre: Art, Science, Architecture
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr
Author: Niall Atkinson
Language: English
Street Date: October 15, 2017
TCIN: 52969283
UPC: 9780271071206
Item Number (DPCI): 248-50-3258
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