Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 19 June 2019

Abstract and Keywords

The history of opera, one of the most expensive of the performing arts to produce, is inextricably intertwined with the history of its patrons, who not only sustained it financially, but also shaped its form and content in profound and persistent ways. By looking at two case studies from early modern Italy—one from the Medici court of Florence and one from the Venetian commercial theaters—this chapter discusses the double nature of patronage: (1) a process through which composers, poets, and performers helped patrons build a public image that would reflect their social and political agenda; and (2) a form of managerial and financial contribution to the production of opera in the context of public theaters.

Keywords: patronage, early modern Italy, funding, public image, production, Medici court, Florence

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.