Art and Architecture in Naples, 1266-1713: New Approaches

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Naples was a major hub of artistic activity from the late thirteenth to the early seventeenth century, yet it has been overshadowed by other Italian cities because it defies art-historical definitions of a 'cultural centre': it is viewed as having imported more art and artists than it exported. The essays in this volume seek, in different ways, to redress the neglect of Naples, particularly noticeable in English-language scholarship, by questioning traditional definitions of 'centre' and 'periphery' and by ...

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Overview

Naples was a major hub of artistic activity from the late thirteenth to the early seventeenth century, yet it has been overshadowed by other Italian cities because it defies art-historical definitions of a 'cultural centre': it is viewed as having imported more art and artists than it exported. The essays in this volume seek, in different ways, to redress the neglect of Naples, particularly noticeable in English-language scholarship, by questioning traditional definitions of 'centre' and 'periphery' and by focusing on works of art and architecture which demonstrate the way in which Naples can be defined as a cultural and artistic centre. The contributors reveal the breadth and wealth of artistic experience available in Naples through an exploration of fourteenth-century frescoes by Giotto and Cavallini, and fifteenth-century tombs and palace architecture; they examine the influence of Vasari's writings on Naples, the importation of prestigious marble inlays in the sixteenth century, the frontispieces of published saints' lives in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the concept of Naples as a 'world city'.

Together, Warr and Elliott have edited The Church of Santa Maria Donna Regina: Art, Iconography and Patronage in Fourteenth-Century Naples (2004).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405198615
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Series: Art History Special Issues Series , #4
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors vi

1 Introduction: Reassessing Naples 1266-1713 Cordelia Warr Janis Elliott 1

2 The north looks south: Giorgio Vasari and early modern visual culture in the Kingdom of Naples Aislinn Loconte 16

3 The rise of the court artist: Cavallini and Giotto in fourteenth-century Naples Cathleen A. Fleck 38

4 The local eye: Formal and social distinctions in late quattrocento Neapolitan tombs Tanja Michalsky 62

5 Building in local all'antica style: The palace of Diomede Carafa in Naples Bianca de Divitiis 83

6 From social virtue to revetted interior: Giovanni Antonio Dosio and marble inlay in Rome, Florence, and Naples John Nicholas Napoli 101

7 'The face is a mirror of the soul': Frontispieces and the production of sanctity in post-Tridentine Naples Helen Hills 125

8 Patronage, standards and transfert culturel: Naples between art history and social science theory Nicolas Bock 152

Index 176

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