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

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"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.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Drawing on a rich array of material and textual evidence ... this book is a brilliant contribution ... which foces us to reevaluate our attitudes toward the art and culture of southwestern Italy. This is a must-read for anyone interested in patronage studies and cultural history—a fine and scholarly work with extensive notes and bibliography."
Sixteenth Century Journal

"This book successfully builds on individual monuments to construct a broader picture of the culture of Amalfitan mercatantia, an early model of multiculturalism with numerous poignant resonances for the present day." Letters in Canada 2004 John Osborne

"Caskey has written a brave work on a difficult subject" CAA Reviews Caroline Bruzelius

"Her book rewards a careful reading, encouraging reflection on complex historical conditions and individual monouments of art." - Enrico Parlato, Universita della Tuscia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521811873
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2004
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Caskey is associate professor of fine art at the University of Toronto. A recipient of fellowships and grants form the Getty Grant Program, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and the Fulbright Commission, she is also a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. She received the Founders' Award from the Society of Architectural History in 2000.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the art of mercatantia : medieval commerce and culture in southwestern Italy 1
Ch. 1 The experience and politics of mercatantia 24
Ch. 2 Amalfitans at home : residential architecture and its Mediterranean syntheses 47
Ch. 3 Private and public in Amalfitan religious space 116
Ch. 4 Amalfi and the new metropolis : the decline of the art of mercatantia 190
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