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

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

by Cordelia Warr
     
 

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

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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 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:
03/15/2010
Series:
Art History Special Issues Series, #4
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)

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Meet the Author

Cordelia Warr is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research focuses on Italian art of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. She has published on patronage issues, particularly women as patrons, and aspects of the representation of dress. Her book Dressing for Heaven will be published by Manchester University Press in 2010. She is currently working on the representation of stigmata in medieval and renaissance Italy.

Janis Elliott is Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University, USA. Her primary research interest is Naples in the fourteenth century, specifically the issues of royal and lay patronage, the relation of chapel decoration to liturgical space, and apocalyptic themes. She has published on the decoration of chapels in Florence, Padua and Naples. Regina: Art, Iconography and Patronage in Fourteenth Century Naples (2004).

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