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This study examines the development of the altarpiece in sixteenth-century Venice. Focusing closely on Titian's St Peter Martyr Altarpiece, which was the most famous work by this painter and which was destroyed in 1867, Patricia Meilman considers how this painting irrevocably changed the course of altar decoration. Demonstrating the legacy of the St Peter Martyr Altarpiece with a younger generation of painters, which continued well into the seventeenth century, she also examines the social, religious and historical events of the decades just before the Tridentine reforms and their impact on devotional imagery and practices.Read more
- Uncharted territory in altarpiece studies
- Multi-disciplinary and in-depth study of Venetian history and painting
- Builds on earlier studies of altarpieces
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- Date Published: May 2000
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521640954
- length: 284 pages
- dimensions: 263 x 187 x 24 mm
- weight: 0.94kg
- contains: 70 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
- availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
Table of Contents
Part I. The Environment:
1. Venetian altarpieces of saints
2. The martyrdom altarpiece: history and significance
3. The stimulus for innovation: the menace to faith
Part II. Titian's St Peter Martyr Altarpiece:
4. St Peter Martyr and Venice: his life and cult
5. The St Peter Martyr Altarpiece comes into being: the particulars
6. Titian at work: responding to the challenge
Part III. Modifications:
7. Titian's achievement: the fabrication of reality
8. Natura si vinta dall'arte: the St Peter Martyr Altarpiece as sign for the Venetian aesthetic
9. The St Peter Martyr Altarpiece interpreted: subsequent altar painting in Venice
Excursus: the drawings connected with the St Peter Martyr Altarpiece
Significant painted copies
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