Representations of the Florentine Republic at the royal court in the Kingdom of Hungary

Authored by: Katalin Prajda

The Routledge History of the Renaissance

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138898851
eBook ISBN: 9781315226217
Adobe ISBN: 9781351849463


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Frederick Antal (1884–1957), who started his career at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, developed his most important scholarly concepts in his book entitled Florentine Painting and its Social Background, written between 1932 and 1938. 2 According to Antal, the “bourgeois republic” and the origins of the democratic system in Florence, can be traced back to the writing of the Florentine chancellor Coluccio Salutati. Antal emphasized the important role chancellors of the Republic played not only in the development of Florentine political thought, but also in establishing Florence’s place in the context of European diplomacy as “defender of its own liberty.” 3

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