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Author Thomas, Anabel, author.

Title The art and government service of Francesco di Bartolomeo Alfei (c. 1421-c. 1495) : visual propaganda and undercover agency for the Republic of Siena / Anabel Thomas
Published Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, [2023]


Description 1 online resource (276 pages) : illustrations
Series Visual and material culture, 1300-1700
Visual and material culture, 1300-1700.
Contents Preface Structure of the book Illustrations Introduction PART ONE -- Art and Diplomacy Chapter One: The Politics of Journeyman Painting Chapter Two: The Diplomat Leonardo Benvoglienti and his friend, the Painter Francesco di Bartolomeo Alfei PART TWO -- Francesco di Bartolomeo Alfei: Conflicting Career Options Chapter One: Workshop Training and Neighbourhood Networking Chapter Two: Military Action in Defence of Siena's Southern Territories PART THREE -- Giovanni di Paolo, Sano di Pietro and Francesco di Bartolomeo Alfei and the 'chompangnia e fraternita di san franciescho posta nel chonvento di san franciescho' Chapter One: The Fraternity Chapter Two: A New Altarpiece Chapter Three: Fresco Work in the Company Chapel PART FOUR -- Francesco di Bartolomeo Alfei, 'Trusted Servant' Inside and Outside the Walls of Siena Chapter One: Arbitrator and Scribe for the Trecerchi Chapter Two: Martinozzi Patronage Chapter Three: Government sponsored work inside Siena and official postings in Montalcino, the Val di Chiana and Vergelle PART FIVE -- The Ponte d'Arbia Project -- Preserving the 'honour' of Siena Conclusion
Summary In 1454 the Sienese painter Francesco di Bartolomeo Alfei faced litigation from the <cite>Mercanzia</cite> in Siena for defaulting on a contract from one of the leading Franciscan confraternities in the city. Two fellow Sienese artists, Giovanni di Paolo and Sano di Pietro, had recently completed a new altarpiece for the same entity. Anabel Thomas considers how the two commissions were linked and questions why Francesco di Bartolomeo Alfei's brief to fresco the confraternity chapel remained unfinished. In a wide ranging analysis of mainly unpublished records, focussing on the artist's association with key members of Sienese society, fellow artisans and government officials, Thomas concludes that Francesco di Bartolomeo Alfei might have honoured his contract had he not become immersed in the military strategy, diplomacy and visual propaganda of the Republic of Siena
Analysis History, Art History, and Archaeology
Art and Material Culture
Medieval Studies
Politics and Government
Fifteenth-century Siena, Visual Propaganda, Art, Politics and Diplomacy, Government Service and Undercover Agency
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 10, 2023)
Subject Alfei, Francesco di Bartolomeo
Art -- Political aspects -- Italy -- Siena -- History -- To 1500
History of art and design styles: c 1400 to c 1600.
Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700.
ART / European.
ART / History / Renaissance.
HISTORY / Renaissance.
Art -- Political aspects
Paintings and painting.
History of art.
European history: Renaissance.
Italy -- Siena
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789048556267