ISBN-10:
0300080069
ISBN-13:
9780300080063
Pub. Date:
09/10/1999
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Siena and the Virgin: Art and Politics in a Late Medieval City State

Siena and the Virgin: Art and Politics in a Late Medieval City State

by Diana Norman

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Overview


Celebrating the Virgin Mary as both an object of religious affection and a focus of civic pride, artists of fourteenth-century Siena established for their city a vibrant tradition that continued into the early decades of the next century. Such celebratory portraits of the Virgin were also common in Siena’s extensive subject territories, the contado. This richly illustrated book explores late medieval Sienese art—how it was created, commissioned, and understood by the citizens of Siena. Examining political, economic, and cultural relations between Siena and the contado, Diana Norman offers a new understanding of Marian art and its political function as an expression of civic ideology.

Drawing on extensive unpublished archives, Norman reconstructs the circumstances surrounding the commission of Marian art in the three most prestigious locations of fourteenth-century Siena: the cathedral, the Palazzo Pubblico, and the hospital of Santa Maria della Scala. She analyzes similarly important commissions in the contado towns of Massa Marittima, Montalcino, and Montepulciano. Casting new light on such topics as the original site for the reliquary tomb of Saint Cerbone, patron saint of Massa Marittima, and the identity of the patrons of the Marian frescoes in the rural hermitage of San Leonardo al Lago, the author deepens our insight into the origins and meanings of Sienese art production of the late medieval period.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300080063
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 09/10/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 9.75(w) x 11.50(h) x (d)

About the Author


Diana Norman is senior lecturer in art history at the Open University.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Acknowledgements ix
PART I FEASTS AND FEALTIES
Civic Rituals and Images
1(20)
PART II THE CITY
The Cathedral
21(24)
The Town Hall
45(22)
The Patronal Altars
67(20)
The Spedale
87(20)
PART III THE CONTADO
Massa Marittima
107(26)
San Leonardo al Lago
133(24)
Montalcino
157(26)
Montepulciano and Siena
183(26)
Epilogue Under the Sway of the Virgin 209(6)
Notes 215(24)
Select Bibliography 239(6)
Index 245(7)
Photographic Acknowledgements 252

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