The Stones of Naples: Church Building in Angevin Italy, 1266-1343

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The rich architectural legacy of the Angevins, three generations of French kings who reigned in southern Italy from 1266 to 1343, is very little known today. This groundbreaking book examines Angevin religious architecture, bringing to light for the first time the novelty and importance of these buildings while extending current understanding of the variety of medieval architecture beyond the well-known cathedrals of France and England. Caroline Bruzelius explores the complex encounter of the French with the worlds of the Mediterranean and of Italy. Although the Angevin period has often been associated with a vigorous renewal of the Gothic style in Italy, she contends instead that the principal Angevin monuments are built of local materials, reviving traditional building techniques and aesthetic preferences. The result is an architecture of adaptation and integration rather than one of colonial importation.

Author Biography: Caroline Bruzelius is A. M. Cogan Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Duke University. She served as director of the American Academy in Rome from 1994-1998 and is the author of The Thirteenth- Century Church at Saint-Denis, published by Yale University Press.

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“An important contribution to our understanding and knowledge of Gothic art.”—Art Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300100396
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/10/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Church building during the reign of Charles I 11
2 San Lorenzo Maggiore in Naples 47
3 Religious architecture during the reign of Charles II and Mary of Hungary 75
4 Robert the wise, Sancia of Mallorca, and the convent of Santa Chiara in Naples 133
5 The patronage of the court and the aristocracy in the early fourteenth century 155
App. 1 Construction and labor 203
App. 2 The Rufolo Fine and the costs of construction at San Lorenzo Maggiore 210
App. 3 The documents on the Rufolo Fine 211
App. 4 Checklist of sites 212
App. 5 Base profiles 217
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