The Franciscans and Art Patronage in Late Medieval Italy
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In this book, Louise Bourdua examines how Franciscan church decoration developed between 1250 and 1400. Focusing on three important churches - San Fermo Maggiore, Verona, San Lorenzo, Vicenza and Sant'Antonio, Padua - she argues that local Franciscan friars were more interested in their own conception of how artistic programs should work than merely following models for decoration issued from the mother church at Assisi. In addition, lay patrons also had considerable input into the decoration programs. These case studies serve as a multiform model of patronage, which is tested against other commissions of the Trecento.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 179 x 255 x 13mm | 610g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 70 Halftones, unspecified
  • 0521281288
  • 9780521281287
  • 1,162,386

Table of contents

1. The Franciscans, poverty, property and benefaction; 2. San Fermo Maggiore, Verona: a northern response to Assisi?; 3. San Lorenzo in Vicenza: the friars, the donor, the procurators and the artist; 4. Sant'Antonio in Padua.
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Reviews of the hardback: '... no one interested in the art of this period, or in patronage in all periods, can afford to ignore this fine and important book.' John Richards, Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History
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Reviews of the hardback: '... no one interested in the art of this period, or in patronage in all periods, can afford to ignore this fine and important book.' John Richards, Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History 'In a significant way Bourdua redresses a balance which has for too long been over-weighted by Assisi, and reveals the Franciscan order's pervasive and enduring effect on architecture, painting and sculpture in north-eastern Italy.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History 'This pioneering study addresses a burgeoning area of art-historical enquiry with some extremely profitable results.' Burlington Magazine "This pioneering study addresses a burgeoning area of art historical enquiry with some extremely profitable results."
-Burlington Magazine (UK) "...an exemplary combination of archival documentation and visual analysis."
-Quaderni d'italianistica "Bourdua provides a welcome amount of detail about what and how imagery in some Franciscan churches was produced. Scholars have found great difficulty in demonstrating broad conceptions about Franciscan art in Italy because the material is vast but poorly documented. Bourdua's book offers excellent fodder for the debate about Franciscan patronage to continue."
-Jane C. Long, Roanoke College, Sixteenth Century Journal "The Franciscans and Art Patronage in Medieval Italy is a thoughtfully crafted and pointed study, effectively combining documentary evidence, Franciscan ideals, and art and architecture to support clear conclusions about the inner workings of patronage and production in the Veneto. Information on the history of the Franciscan order and aspects of the Franciscan life is smoothly integrated as necessary, and contributes significantly to the work's relevance to medievalists across the humanities."
-James Vincent Maiello, UC Santa Barbera "One of the strengths of Bourdua's study is her meticulous mining of useful material from pertinent notarial and ecclesiastical records...[Bourdua's] volume make[s] valuable contributions to Franciscan studies and to the history of late-medieval art in Italy. Even bookshelves sagging under the weight of the 'veritable industry' of books on Franciscan art should make room for [this].
-Anne Derbes, Hood College, Journal of Medieval Studies
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About Louise Bourdua

Louise Bourdua is an Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Warwick. She has contributed articles on aspects of Mendicant art and patronage to The Burlington Magazine and Papers of the British School at Rome, among other publications.
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