Siena and the Virgin: Art and Politics in a Late Medieval City State

Siena and the Virgin: Art and Politics in a Late Medieval City State

by Diana Norman
     
 

Celebrating the Virgin Mary as both an object of religious devotion and a focus of civic pride, fourteenth-century Sienese artists established within their city a vibrant pictorial tradition that continued into the early decades of the next century. Such celebratory images of the Virgin were also common in Siena's extensive subject territories, the contado. This… See more details below

Overview

Celebrating the Virgin Mary as both an object of religious devotion and a focus of civic pride, fourteenth-century Sienese artists established within their city a vibrant pictorial tradition that continued into the early decades of the next century. Such celebratory images of the Virgin were also common in Siena's extensive subject territories, the contado. This illustrated book explores late medieval Sienese Marian art - how it was commissioned, created and understood by the Sienese. Examining political, economic and cultural relations between Siena and the contado, Diana Norman offers a new understanding of Marian art and its political function as an expression of Sienese civic ideology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300080063
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
958,960
Product dimensions:
10.18(w) x 11.93(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Pt. IFeasts and Fealties
1Civic Rituals and Images1
Pt. IIThe City
2The Cathedral21
3The Town Hall45
4The Patronal Altars67
5The Spedale87
Pt. IIIThe Contado
6Massa Marittima107
7San Leonardo al Lago133
8Montalcino157
9Montepulciano and Siena183
Epilogue: Under the Sway of the Virgin209
Notes215
Select Bibliography239
Index245
Photographic Acknowledgements252

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