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Renaissance Siena: Art in Context

Renaissance Siena: Art in Context

by A. Lawrence Jenkens


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The art of Renaissance Siena is usually viewed in the light of developments and accomplishments achieved elsewhere, but Sienese artists were part of a dynamic dialogue that was shaped by their city’s internal political turmoil, diplomatic relationships with its neighbors, internal social hierarchies, and struggle for self-definition. These essays lead scholars in a new and exciting direction in the study of the art of Renaissance Siena, exploring the cultural dynamics of the city and its art in a specifically Sienese context. This volume shapes a new understanding of Sienese culture in the early modern period and defines the questions scholars will continue to ask for years to come. What emerges is a picture of Renaissance Siena as a city focused on meeting the challenges of the time while formulating changes to shape its future. Central to these changes are the city’s efforts to fashion a civic identity through the visual arts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781931112420
Publisher: Truman State University Press
Publication date: 06/05/2005
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

A. Lawrence Jenkens is associate professor of art history at the University of New Orleans. He received his PhD in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Jenkens has also received postdoctoral fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, Florence.

Table of Contents




Introduction: Renaissance Siena, the State of Research.....A. Lawrence Jenkens

Reality and Ideality in Sienese Renaissance Cityscapes.....Judith Steinhoff

Palace Façades in Late Medieval and Renaissance Siena: Continuity and Change in the Aspect of the City.....Matthias Quast

The Rebuilding of Siena’s Church of Santo Spirito in the Late Fifteenth Century.....Mauro Mussolin

Narrative in Context: The Cassoni of Francesco di Giorgio.....Benjamin David

Ambrogio Spannocchi’s “Bella Casa”: Creating Site and Setting in Quattrocento Sienese Architecture.....Fabrizio J. D. Nevola

A Fifteenth-Century Sienese Fabula: The Dynastic and Patriotic Significance of the Piccolomini Library.....Stratton D. Green

The Rise of Saint Catherine of Siena as an Intercessor for the Sienesse.....Susan E. Wegner

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