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The Franciscans and Art Patronage in Late Medieval Italy


  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521281287

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About the Authors
  • In this book, Louise Bourdua examines how Franciscan church decoration developed between 1250 and 1400. Focusing on three important churches - San Fermo Maggiore, Verona, San Lorenzo, Vicenza and Sant'Antonio, Padua - she argues that local Franciscan friars were more interested in their own conception of how artistic programs should work than merely following models for decoration issued from the mother church at Assisi. In addition, lay patrons also had considerable input into the decoration programs. These case studies serve as a multiform model of patronage, which is tested against other commissions of the Trecento.

    • First substantial study of the subject of Franciscan art
    • Appeals to a wide range of scholars and readers (those interested in art, cultural and religious history)
    • Sheds light on Veneto art
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Reviews of the hardback: '… no one interested in the art of this period, or in patronage in all periods, can afford to ignore this fine and important book.' John Richards, Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History

    'In a significant way Bourdua redresses a balance which has for too long been over-weighted by Assisi, and reveals the Franciscan order's pervasive and enduring effect on architecture, painting and sculpture in north-eastern Italy.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

    'This pioneering study addresses a burgeoning area of art-historical enquiry with some extremely profitable results.' Burlington Magazine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521281287
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 179 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 70 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Franciscans, poverty, property and benefaction
    2. San Fermo Maggiore, Verona: a northern response to Assisi?
    3. San Lorenzo in Vicenza: the friars, the donor, the procurators and the artist
    4. Sant'Antonio in Padua.

  • Author

    Louise Bourdua, University of Warwick
    Louise Bourdua is an Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Warwick. She has contributed articles on aspects of Mendicant art and patronage to The Burlington Magazine and Papers of the British School at Rome, among other publications.

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