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Ferrara

Thomas Tuohy, Candace J. Adelson, Christine Verzar and Kristen Lippincott

in Oxford Art Online


Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T027991

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Italian city in Emilia-Romagna, situated on the delta of the River Po. It was the centre of a flourishing court under the Este family from the 13th century to the 16th (see Este family). A noted example of early Renaissance urban planning, it was also the centre of a distinctive school of painting and of tapestry-weaving. The city, which now has c. 155,000 inhabitants, is divided into two distinct sections, medieval to the south and Renaissance to the north.

Thomas Tuohy

Ferrara lies on the left bank of a subsidiary channel running south from the Po, known as the Po di Ferrara, at the point where this divides into the Po di Volano and the Po di Primaro. The city originated on the right bank within this divide, centred on the cathedral of S Giorgio, built in the 7th century ad (altered). In 986 Ferrara was placed under the rule of Tedaldo, Count of Modena and Canossa (...

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Subjects: Renaissance Art

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