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This study focuses on several early Italian paintings of religious and civic importance that were physically transformed and reframed after their completion to accommodate cult practices and changes in taste. These images have traditionally been evaluated negatively because of their aesthetic impurity, an attitude that has encouraged the removal of later additions by restorers and conservators. By investigating the religious and social motivations underlying these renovations, Cathleen Hoeniger argues, the historical significance of such practices can be revealed. The compound images that have resulted from transformations can be viewed more positively as "carriers of history." Hoeniger's study demonstrates how the methods of art history and conservation can be bridged to produce new and exciting conclusions about the form and meaning of art works.Read more
- Bridges disciplines of art history and art conservation
- Considers many famous examples of Italian painting in a new light while introducing several important but little-known works
- Sets images in their religious and social contexts
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- Date Published: September 1995
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521461542
- length: 202 pages
- dimensions: 262 x 211 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.9kg
- contains: 100 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print July 2017
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: the prestige of the original
2. The repainting of two Maestà altarpieces
3. Enshrining the remains of revered images
4. Revising the portraits of two patron saints
5. The reframing of Gothic altarpieces during the Renaissance
6. Restoring wall-paintings
7. Conclusion: living images.
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