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SPALLIERA PAINTINGS OF RENAISSANCE TUSCANY: FABLES OF POETS FOR PATRICIAN HOMES

Anne B. Barriault

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ISBN 10: 0271008970 / ISBN 13: 9780271008974
Published by Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, PA, 1994
Condition: Very Good+ binding Hardcover
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Title: SPALLIERA PAINTINGS OF RENAISSANCE TUSCANY: ...

Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, PA

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good+ binding

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+ dust jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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This text defines and characterizes cycles of panel paintings that decorated patrician residences in Tuscany. It takes a fresh approach to the paintings, placing them not only in the context of Renaissance art but also in the context of the society for which they were made. It contributes to our understanding of the formal conventions of the pictures as narrative paintings designed to be seen in specific places within bedchambers and studies; their function, integrated with the woodwork and furniture of those spaces; and their role, often commissioned in honour of weddings to reinforce values of patrimony, civic-mindedness and familial duty. Spalliera painting flourished between 1470 and 1520, with artists such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Piero di Cosimo, Pontormo and Andrea del Sarto translating the histories, poems, and tales of Livy, Ovid, Petrarch and Boccaccio, among others, into colorful didactic sequences that demonstrate ancient and exemplary standards of conduct. An analysis of the typologies of the heroes and heroines in these paintings, and the meanings that their stories may have had for the patrons who commissioned them, also sheds light on social mores, expectations and issues of gender in the patrician society of Renaissance Tuscany.

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Anne B. Barriault is Senior Editor at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.

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