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The Church of Santa Maria Donna Regina: Art, Iconography and Patronage in Fourteenth Century Naples / Edition 1

The Church of Santa Maria Donna Regina: Art, Iconography and Patronage in Fourteenth Century Naples / Edition 1

by Janis Elliott, Cordelia Warr


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The church of Santa Maria Donna Regina in Naples is a rare example of aristocratic convent architecture in Italy, designed and built for the devotional use of the Clarissan nuns. Its decorative programme rivals that of Giotto's Arena Chapel in Padua in scope, iconographical complexity, and quality of artistic production. The first book in English on this important church, this elegantly written volume is also the first full-scale study to bring together innovative interdisciplinary research on the building. The authors explore themes relating to the architecture, decoration, sculpture, iconography, audience, liturgy, and patronage of Santa Maria Donna Regina, enriching our understanding of the art patronage of royal women and the monastic experience of Clarissan nuns, as well as the politics, culture and patronage of trecento Naples. Over one hundred illustrations, many commissioned specially for the book, accompany the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754634775
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/30/2004
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Janis Elliott and Cordelia Warr; Prologue: history of the building and restoration of the trecento church, Rosa Anna Genovese; Religious patronage and royal propaganda in Angevin Naples: Santa Maria Donna Regina in context, Samantha Kelly; Maria of Hungary as queen, patron and exemplar, Matthew J. Clear; Mater Serenissimi Principis: The tomb of Maria of Hungary, Tanja Michalsky; The architectural context of Santa Maria Donna Regina, Caroline Bruzelius; Contemplating angels and the Madonna of the Apocalypse, Hisashi Yakou; 'To exercise yourself in these things by continued contemplation': visual and textual literacy in the frescoes at Santa Maria Donna Regina, Cathleen A. Fleck; The 'Passion' cycle: images to contemplate and imitate amid Clarissan clausura, Adrian S. Hoch; The Golden Legend and the cycle of the 'Life of Saint Elizabeth of Thuringia-Hungary', Cordelia Warr; The 'Last Judgement': the cult of sacral kingship and dynastic hopes for the afterlife, Janis Elliott; Conclusion: Santa Maria Donna Regina in its European context, Julian Gardner; Bibliography; Index

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