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Introduction

 

Barbara Wisch

 

This Festschrift highlights innovative research on art and architecture spanning the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries. It offers new perspectives on artists, places, and topics that have engaged Diane Cole Ahl over the course of a lifetime. The volume comprises 15 essays that are organized chronologically and geographically, traversing northern and central Italy and culminating in Vienna. Major themes recur throughout the volume, among them: artistic exchanges (regional, north/south, east/west); princely ambitions and dynastic aspirations; personal contemplative experiences and grand public displays of piety; and renovation and conservation practices.