This study examines the development of the altarpiece in sixteenth-century Venice. Focusing closely on Titian's St. Peter Martyr Altarpiece, which was the most famous work by this painter, destroyed in 1867, Patricia Meilman considers how this painting irrevocably changed the course of altar decoration. Demonstrating the legacy of the St. Peter Martyr Altarpiece with a younger generation of painters, she also examines the social, religious and historical events of the decades just before the Tridentine reforms and their impact on devotional imagery and practices.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.94(d)|
Table of Contents
Part I. The Environment: 1. Venetian altarpieces of saints; 2. The martyrdom altarpiece: history and significance; 3. The stimulus for innovation: the menace to faith; Part II. Titian's St Peter Martyr Altarpiece: 4. St Peter Martyr and Venice: his life and cult; 5. The St Peter Martyr Altarpiece comes into being: the particulars; 6. Titian at work: responding to the challenge; Part III. Modifications: 7. Titian's achievement: the fabrication of reality; 8. Natura si vinta dall'arte: the St Peter Martyr Altarpiece as sign for the Venetian aesthetic; 9. The St Peter Martyr Altarpiece interpreted: subsequent altar painting in Venice; Excursus: the drawings connected with the St Peter Martyr Altarpiece; Bibliography; Appendices; Significant painted copies; Illustrations.