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x, 244 pages : illustrations, map ; 29 cm
  • Director's Foreword Lenders to the Exhibition Contributors Acknowledgments Map of Italy Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy Trinita Kennedy The Changing Imagery of Saint Francis in the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi Janet Robson Painting, Devotion, and the Franciscans Amy Neff Experiencing Dominican and Franciscan Churches in Renaissance Italy Donal Cooper Order, Gender, and Image: Art for Dominican and Franciscan Women Holly Flora In Search of Authenticity: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in the Age of Observant Reform Trinita Kennedy Catalogue Bibliography Index Photograph Credits.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781781300268 20160618
Italy in the thirteenth century was transformed by two new religious orders, the Dominicans and the Franciscans. Whereas earlier religious orders had secluded themselves in monasteries in the countryside and lived off income from their property, the Dominicans and Franciscans settled in urban centers and lived as mendicants, or beggars, administering to the laity. The founding members of both orders took a vow of poverty, yet soon after their deaths their successors were building churches that rivaled cathedrals in size and splendor throughout Italy. The friars and nuns of these orders created a tremendous demand for works of all kinds - painted altarpieces, crucifixes, fresco cycles, illuminated choir books, and liturgical objects - to decorate their churches. The works they commissioned illustrate the lives of their saints and depict miracles such as Saint Francis preaching to the birds, Saint Dominic dividing a single loaf of bread into enough food to feed many hungry friars, and Saint Clare rescuing a child mauled by a wolf. These visual narratives are notable for their naturalistic treatment and the emphasis on expressive gestures to show human emotions, both of which were significant new developments in Italian art. This book accompanies an exhibition at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts featuring works of art from the collections of major American museums and libraries and of the Vatican. It is the first major study to examine the art of these rival religious orders together, exploring the ways in which they used art as propaganda to promote the charisma of their saints and to articulate their revolutionary concept of religious vocation. The essayists provide new insights into the significant contributions made by the Dominicans and the Franciscans to the artistic Renaissance in Italy during the period 1200 to 1550.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781781300268 20160618
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
ix, 381 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 29 cm
  • Medieval Christian image cults and Florentine relic cults
  • The chronological development of Florentine image cults
  • The topography of the sacred in the city
  • The Florentine contado and subject territories
  • Image and efficacy
  • The physiognomy, metaphors, and style of sacred embodiment
  • Enshrinement: framing and veiling
  • Image cults and the Florentine Renaissance.
In Renaissance Florence, certain paintings and sculptures of the Virgin Mary and Christ were believed to have extraordinary efficacy in activating potent sacred intercession. Cults sprung up around these "miraculous images" in the city and surrounding countryside beginning in the late 13th century. In The Miraculous Image in Renaissance Florence, Megan Holmes questions what distinguished these paintings and sculptures from other similar sacred images, looking closely at their material and formal properties, the process of enshrinement, and the foundation legends and miracles associated with specific images. Whereas some of the images presented in this fascinating book are well known, such as Bernardo Daddi's Madonna of Orsanmichele, many others have been little studied until now. Holmes's efforts center on the recovery and contextualization of these revered images, reintegrating them and their related cults into an art-historical account of the period. By challenging prevailing views and offering a reassessment of the Renaissance, this generously illustrated and comprehensive survey makes a significant contribution to the field.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300176605 20160612
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
xi, 444 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 29 cm
  • The Salve Regina Procession and the Screen
  • The Crocifixo Grande
  • "Whose Image Is This?" The Virgin and the Ecclesia Laicorum
  • Dominican Sancti and Beati in the Ecclesia Laicorum
  • The Friars within the Choir Enclosure
  • Choir Books before 1300
  • The Polyptych on the High Altar after 1300
  • The Adoration of the Cross: Men, Women and the Choir Enclosure
  • Cloister and Chapter House: Images of the Order, for the Order
  • Dominicans and the Personal Possession of Paintings
  • Lay Burials and the Architectural Spaces of S. Caterina, Pisa
  • Altar, Chapel and Altar-chapel
  • Creating Images for Altars: The Friars and the Faithful Working Together
  • Wall Paintings in the Ecclesia Laicorum: Order or Disorder?
  • Sharing the Walls and Windows of the Cappella Maggiore
  • S. Maria Novella: A Case Apart?
The Dominican friars of late-medieval Italy were committed to a life of poverty, yet their churches contained many visual riches, as this groundbreaking study reveals. Works by supreme practitioners--Cimabue, Duccio, Giotto, and Simone Martini--are examined here in a wider Dominican context. The contents of major foundations--Siena, Pisa, Perugia, and Santa Maria Novella in Florence--are studied alongside less well-known centers. For the first time, these frescoes and panel paintings are brought together with illuminated choir books, carved crucifixes, goldsmith's work, tombs, and stained glass. At the heart of the book is the Dominicans' evolving relationship with the laity, expressed at first by the partitioning of their churches, and subsequently by the sharing of space, and the production and use of art. Joanna Cannon's magisterial study is informed by extensive new research, using chronicles, legislation, liturgy, sermons, and other sources to explore the place of art in the lives of the friars and the urban laity of Central Italy.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300187656 20160614
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
xix, 426 pages : colour illustrations ; 31 cm
  • Painting and illumination in early Trecento Florence
  • Devotional art
  • Painting and narrative
  • The Laudario of Sant'Agnese
  • Technical studies: the early Renaissance workshop.
This is a gloriously illustrated look at the wealth of talent and artistic endeavour in Florence at the dawn of the Renaissance. Florence and the Renaissance have become virtually synonymous, bringing to mind names like Dante, Giotto, Boccaccio and many others whose creativity thrived during a time of unprecedented prosperity and intellectual innovation. With more than 200 illustrations, "Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance" reveals the full complexity and enduring beauty of the art of this period, including panel paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and stained glass panels. The book considers not only the work of influential artists such as Giotto and Taddeo Gaddi, but also that of the larger community of illuminators and panel painters who collectively contributed to Florence's artistic legacy.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781606061268 20160610
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
xii, 502 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
We know much about the Italian city states - the "communes" - of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. But historians have focused on their political accomplishments to the exclusion of their religious life, going so far as to call them "purely secular contrivances." When religion is considered, the subjects are usually saints, heretics, theologians, and religious leaders, thereby ignoring the vast majority of those who lived in the communes. In "Cities of God", Augustine Thompson gives a voice to the forgotten majority - orthodox lay people and those who ministered to them. "Cities of God" is bold, revisionist history in the tradition of Eamon Duffy's "Stripping of the Altars". Drawing on a wide repertoire of ecclesiastical and secular sources, from city statutes and chronicles to saints' lives and architecture, Thompson recaptures the religious origins and texture of the Italian republics and allows their inhabitants a spiritual voice that we have never heard before.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780271024776 20160527
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
xiv, 212 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Childbirth in Renaissance Italy was commemorated with a range of objects, including paintings, sculpture, wooden bowls, food and linens. This work explores the appearance, meaning and function of these objects, and describes the social and cultural context in which they were created.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300076295 20160527
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
251 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
Fully illustrated, this book explores late medieval Siennese Marian art, how it was commissioned, created and understood. Examining political, economic and cultural relations between Sienna and the contado, the author offers a new understanding of Marian art and its political functions as an expression of Siennese civic ideology.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300080063 20160527
Green Library, Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)

8. Italian frescoes [1996 - 2007]

5 v. : ill. (some col.), col. map ; 34 cm.
  • The Cycles of Paintings-- Assisi, San Francesco, Upper Church and Lower Church: Cimabue, Giotto, Pietro Lorenzetti, Simone Martini-- Rome, Sancta Sanctorum-- Rome, Santa Cecilla in Trastevere: Pietro Cavallini-- Padua, Arena Chapel (Scrovegni Chapel): Giotto-- Florence, San Croce, Baroncelli Chapel: Taddeo Gaddi-- Florence, San Croce, Chapel of the Bardi di Vernio: Maso di Banco-- Siena, Palazzo Pubblico, Sala del Consiglio (Sala del Mappamondo): Simone Martini-- Siena, Palazzo Pubblico, Sala dei Nove: Ambrogio Lorenzetti-- San Gimignano, Collegiata Santa Maria Assunta: Lippo Memmi (?)-- Pisa, Camposanto: Buffalmacco-- Florence, Santa Maria Novella, Strozzi Chapel: Nardo di Cione-- Italian Frescoes-- The Age of Giotto, 1280 - 1400. Florence, San Croce, Rinuccini Chapel: Giovanni da Milano-- Florence, Santa Maria Novella, former chapterhouse (Spanish Chapel): Andrea di Bonaiuto-- Florence, San Croce, Chancel Chapel: Agnolo Gaddi-- Florence, San Miniato al Monte, Sacristy: Spinello Aretino-- Padua, Baptistery: Giusto de' Menabuoi-- Padua, Cappella di San Giorgio: Altichiero-- Appendices-- Legends and Inscriptions-- Bibliography-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780789208637 20160528
Following on from the success of the previous volumes - "The Age of Giotto", "The Early Renaissance", "The Flowering of the Renaissance" and "The High Renaissance and Mannerism" - this new production features 25 frescoe cycles including brilliant works by Domenichino, Ricci, Guercino and Tiepolo. All of them still visible on walls and ceilings of palaces and churches spanning Italy, from Venice to Naples. The authors present such celebrated sights as the Barberini Palace in Rome and the Pitti Palace in Florence, as well as lesser known gems. Each chapter is concise and authoritative, offering a descriptive and interpretive essay on all aspects of the frescoe cycle, covering the artists and their patrons in the contaxt of the cultural and political history.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780789209368 20160528
The fourth, but the earliest volume chronologically, of the only comprehensive survey in modern times of the surviving Italian frescoes from the end of the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and Mannerism, this groundbreaking oeuvre is an achievement in scholarship and publishing of the same magnitude as Abbeville's "Art of Florence" and "Art and Spirit of Paris". Following the success of the previous volumes in this extraordinary series: "Italian Frescoes: The Early Renaissance", "Italian Frescoes: The Flowering of the Renaissance", and "Italian Frescoes: The High Renaissance and Mannerism" - "Italian Frescoes: The Age of Giotto", 1280 - 1400 presents twenty-two outstanding fresco cycles. Created during the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries, these cycles set new standards for painting and an innovative vision of man, paving the way for the monumental achievements of the Renaissance. It was at this time that fresco painting was not only commissioned for churches and chapels, but also for such secular places as town halls and royal residences with humanist in addition to religious themes. The fresco cycles featured here include brilliant works by Giotto in Assisi, Padua, and Florence; dramatic paintings by Cimabue, thought to be Giotto's teacher; Pietro Cavillini in Rome; and the Sienese artists Simone Martini and Pietro and Ambrogio Lorenzetti - all of these works still visible on walls and ceilings of palaces and churches spanning Italy from the Veneto to Rome. The authors describe and illustrate such celebrated sites as the Church of Saint Francis in Assisi, the Chapel of the Scrovegni in Padua, the Public Palace in Siena, and the papal chapel, the Sancta Sanctorum, in Rome. Each of the twenty-two chapters is concise and authoritative, offering a descriptive and interpretive essay on all aspects of fresco painting, covering the artists and their patrons in the context of their cultural and political history. Each essay concludes with a diagram of the site, followed by a series of full- and double-page color plates showing the entire cycle, many reproduced from new photographs of recently restored frescoes. No publisher until now has attempted to gather together and document all the important fresco cycles of Italian art from the late thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries. While this volume is the predecessor to the previous books, "Italian Frescoes: The Age of Giotto", 1280 - 1400 easily stands alone as a masterpiece of art and scholarship which will be welcomed by art historians and art lovers alike.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780789208637 20160528
This is the second volume of a survey of the surviving Italian Renaissance frescoes.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780789202215 20160528
Following the success of the previous volumes in this extraordinary Series (The Early Renaissance and The Flowering of the Renaissance), Italian Frescoes: The High Renaissance to the Early Baroque presents twenty-two fresco cycles that include brilliant works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Andrea del Sarto, Parmigianino, Bronzino, Veronese, and Carracci all of them still visible on walls and ceilings of palaces and churches spanning Italy from the Veneto to Rome. The authors present such celebrated sites as the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Palladio Villa Barbaro in Maser, and the Palazzo del Te in Mantua as well as lesser known gems. Each of the twenty-two chapters is concise and authoritative, offering a descriptive and interpretive essay on all aspects of fresco painting, covering the artists and their patrons in the context of their cultural and political history. Each essay concludes with a diagram of the fresco cycle, followed by a series of full- and double-page colour plates showing the entire cycle, many reproduced from new photographs of recently restored frescoes.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780789208316 20160528
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
2 v. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
  • Part 1 The three cities: the three cities compared - patrons and politics, Diana Norman-- city, contado and beyond - artistic practice, Diana Norman, Part 2 The practitioners: Duccio, Diana Norman-- Giotto, Charles Harrison-- architects, Tim Benton-- sculpture - General Issues, Catherine King. Part 3 The patrons: civic and corporate patronage of art, Diana Norman-- private and familial patronage of art, Diana Norman, Part 4 Art and ideas: art and religion, Diana Norman-- art and learning, Diana Norman. Part 5 Issues of interpretation: historiography, Catherine King-- historiography - different directions, Catherine King.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300061253 20160527
  • Urbanism, Tom Benton-- a study of town halls, Colin J.K. Cunningham-- the Maesta, Diana Norman-- the Arena Chapel, Charles Harrison-- architects, Tim Benton-- sculpture - bodies human and divine, Catherine King-- the paintings of the Sala dei Nove in the Palazzo Pubblico, Siena, Diana Norman-- two fourteenth-century funerary chapels, Diana Norman-- fourteenth-century altarpieces, Diana Norman-- perspective and light in fourteenth-century Art, Diana Norman-- the power of biography - a case study in trecento historiography, Catherine King-- women as consumers of art and architecture, Catherine King.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300061277 20160527
This first volume addresses a wide range of issues. The essays contain discussions of the politics and the economics of the cities during the 14th century; the major practitioners of painting, sculpture and architecture; the significance of communal and familial patronage of art in the three cities; the relation of art to the religious belief and devotional practice and to the broader intellectual ambience of the cities; and the impact and significance of various historiographical traditions.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300061253 20160527
This second volume focuses on major works of art produced in Siena, Florence or Padua or executed by artists associated with the three cities. The case studies include discussions of the evolution of two important building types (town halls and cathedrals); the devotional and liturgical contexts of pre-eminent 14th-century altar-pieces; interpretation of the major fresco cycles in the Arena Chapel, Padua, and the Sala dei Nove, Siena; the significance of sculpted representations of the body; and the distinctive impact of familial or specifically female patronage.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300061277 20160527
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)