Art and Patronage in the Medieval Mediterranean: Merchant Culture in the Region of Amalfi

Art and Patronage in the Medieval Mediterranean: Merchant Culture in the Region of Amalfi

by Jill Caskey
     
 

"An important trade center in the medieval Mediterranean, Amalfi and the surrounding region of southern Italy produced unusual types of art and patronage from the eleventh through the thirteenth centuries. Merchant patrons realized a wide variety of religious and residential complexes that were evocative of Byzantine, Islamic, Western, and local traditions." This book… See more details below

Overview

"An important trade center in the medieval Mediterranean, Amalfi and the surrounding region of southern Italy produced unusual types of art and patronage from the eleventh through the thirteenth centuries. Merchant patrons realized a wide variety of religious and residential complexes that were evocative of Byzantine, Islamic, Western, and local traditions." This book evaluates Amalfitan art production in terms of moral, economic, and social structures, including investment strategies, anxieties about wealth and salvation, and southern Italy's diverse religious communities. Historiographical analyses and postcolonial models of interpretation offer further insight into Amalfitan art and its ever-shifting relations to the visual cultures of sovereign authorities in southern Italy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521811873
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/15/2004
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the art of mercatantia : medieval commerce and culture in southwestern Italy1
Ch. 1The experience and politics of mercatantia24
Ch. 2Amalfitans at home : residential architecture and its Mediterranean syntheses47
Ch. 3Private and public in Amalfitan religious space116
Ch. 4Amalfi and the new metropolis : the decline of the art of mercatantia190

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