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Titian and the Altarpiece in Renaissance Venice

Titian and the Altarpiece in Renaissance Venice


  • Date Published: May 2000
  • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521640954

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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.

    • 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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    Product details

    • 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

  • Author

    Patricia Meilman, American University, Washington DC

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