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Plautilla Nelli 1523-1588: The Painter-Prioress of Renaissance Florence

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A little-known painter in sixteenth-century Florence, Plautilla Nelli is one of the first known female Renaissance artists. In this collection of essays, internationally recognized scholars examine the life and works of Nelli, the prioress of a Dominican convent, with special attention to the artistic, social, and religious contexts. The book reproduces all Nelli's paintings and drawings in color, many for the first time, as well as presenting the restoration results of her celebrated Lamentation. This volume is ...
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Overview

A little-known painter in sixteenth-century Florence, Plautilla Nelli is one of the first known female Renaissance artists. In this collection of essays, internationally recognized scholars examine the life and works of Nelli, the prioress of a Dominican convent, with special attention to the artistic, social, and religious contexts. The book reproduces all Nelli's paintings and drawings in color, many for the first time, as well as presenting the restoration results of her celebrated Lamentation. This volume is an indispensable contribution to studies on Renaissance women artists and the Dominican visual culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788895250038
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface Barbara Deimling Deimling, Barbara

Foreword Jane Fortune Fortune, Jane

Introduction Jonathan K. Nelson Nelson, Jonathan K.

Plautilla Nelli (1524-1588) The Painter-Prioress of Renaissance Florence

Abbreviations 7

Nuns' Stories: Plautilla Nelli, Madre Pittora, and her Compagne in the Convent of Santa Caterina da Siena Catherine Turrill Turrill, Catherine 9

The Artistic Training and Savonarolan Ideas of Plautilla Nelli Andrea Muzzi Muzzi, Andrea 28

Plautilla Nelli's Role in Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Painters (1568) and Serafino Razzi's History of Illustrious Men (1596) Sally Quin Quin, Sally 45

The History, Sources, and Restoration of Plautilla Nelli's Lamentation Magnolia Scudieri Scudieri, Magnolia 60

The Restoration Report of Plautilla Nelli's Lamentation Rossella Lari Lari, Rossella Magnolia Scudieri Scudieri, Magnolia 66

The Dominican Audience of Plautilla Nelli's Last Supper Ann Roberts Roberts, Ann 72

The Last Suppers of Dan Brown, Leonardo da Vinci, and Plautilla Nelli Cristina Acidini Acidini, Cristina 88

App. 1 In the Shadow of the Friar: The Uffizi Drawings Attributed to Plautilla Nelli Marzia Faietti Faietti, Marzia 99

App. 2 Paintings Attributed to Plautilla Nelli Catherine Turrill Turrill, Catherine 118

App. 3 Sixteenth-Century Sources on Plautilla Nelli 131

Bibliography 139

Illustrations 151

Index 205

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