The Epiphany Altarpiece by Gentile Da Fabriano

The Epiphany Altarpiece by Gentile Da Fabriano

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This book is the first in-depth iconographical study of Gentile da Fabriano's greatest masterpiece the Journey and Adoration of the Magi, a celebration of Epiphany that answers most if not all of the many anomalies that have puzzled scholars of Gentile's most famous work. Located now in the Uffizi Galleries, Florence, it was intended for the family burial chapel at S. Trinita, a room with a crypt beneath the large vestry. It was in this vestry where Palla di Nofri Strozzi's "public" library was most likely to have been placed. Begun by his father Onofrio, Palla continued the completion of the building hiring Gentile da Fabriano to paint the altarpiece under the guidance of the Abbott Don Antonio Guasparre Buonamico. This study unveils Gentile's self-portrait Vasari claimed was included and confirms identifications of other family members. Iconographical sources are traced to the liturgy of Epiphany, sermons of the Fathers of the Church, and to popular tales of animals and plants that symbolically restate the well-known stories concerning the legends of the Three Kings, Wisemen. Gentile's work here is seminal to the flourishing of the Florentine Renaissance awakening to the beauty of the material world, the rationalization of sight by using images of man and nature that support the Christian theology of redemption in flora and more

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  • Paperback | 214 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 12.95mm | 403.7g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507619960
  • 9781507619964

About Darrell D Davisson

Darrell D. Davisson received his doctorate in the History of Art from Johns Hopkins University and has since authored a variety of publications, all concerning paths of human history and social exchange. He has taught on the college and university level since 1965 and is now retired. In addition to three books on the history of art on a variety of articles in the history of early Italian Renaissance art. He has also written two screen-plays, is currently writing a series on the human condition and futurological thinking called Holographic Worlds I and more