[Autom. eng. transl.] An urban society observed through the prism of the financial relations that make up the plot and connect traditional and emerging elites. This is the fresco that the author has sketched looking at the credit circuits of modern Brescia from their gravitational center, from the privileged gallery of the Apostolic Congregation. Between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the place underwent a partial functional heterogenesis: although it did not fail in the traditional charitable and welfare activities, the Apostolic Congregation rose to the top of the local money market and became the main institutional credit operator, also assuming functions of coordination within the urban financial network. Although informally, an articulated and performative system is set up around the institute, which succeeds, through pious places, in gathering a substantial share of the surplus that the urban elite immobilizes and finally allocates to the legacy objections causam, redistributing it in liquid form through credit. The upper-middle classes are the starting point and final destination of this circular flow of wealth which, however, through them permeates the overall economic life of the city and the territory, reaching the communities, public works and the orbits of families and customers of the main Brescian dynasties.
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] Relations and institutions in Baroque Brescia. The financial network of the Congregation of apostolic charity|
|Number of pages||288|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|