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Author Gardner, Julian, author

Title Giotto and his publics : three paradigms of patronage / Julian Gardner
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 240 pages)
Series Bernard Berenson lectures on the Italian Renaissance
Bernard Berenson lectures on the Italian Renaissance.
Contents Introduction -- Giotto at Pisa : the Stigmatization for San Francesco -- Giotto among the money-changers : the Bardi Chapel in Santa Croce -- The lull before the storm : the Vele in the lower church at Assisi -- Conclusion -- Appendix : inscriptions of the Vele -- Chronology
Summary "This probing analysis of three works by Giotto and the patrons who commissioned them goes far beyond the clich├ęs of Giotto as the founding figure of Western painting. It traces the interactions between Franciscan friars and powerful bankers, illuminating the complex interplay between mercantile wealth and the iconography of poverty
Political strife and religious faction lacerated fourteenth-century Italy. Giotto's commissions are best understood against the background of this social turmoil. They reflected the demands of his patrons, the requirements of the Franciscan Order, and the restlessly inventive genius of the painter. Julian Gardner examines this important period of Giotto's path-breaking career through works originally created for Franciscan churches: Stigmatization of Saint Francis from San Francesco at Pisa, now in the Louvre, the Bardi Chapel cycle of the Life of St. Francis in Santa Croce at Florence, and the frescoes of the crossing vault above the tomb of Saint Francis in the Lower Church of San Francesco at Assisi
These murals were executed during a twenty-year period when internal tensions divided the friars themselves and when the Order was confronted by a radical change of papal policy toward its defining vow of poverty. The Order had amassed great wealth and built ostentatious churches, alienating many Franciscans in the process and incurring the hostility of other Orders. Many elements in Giotto's frescoes, including references to St. Peter, Florentine politics, and church architecture, were included to satisfy patrons, redefine the figure of Francis, and celebrate the dominant group within the Franciscan brotherhood."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Francis, of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226 -- Art.
Giotto, 1266?-1337 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Art patronage -- Italy -- History -- To 1500.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
Author Giotto, 1266?-1337.
LC no. 2010038494
ISBN 0674060970 (electronic bk.)
9780674060975 (electronic bk.)
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