Art and Architecture in Naples, 1266-1713: New Approaches

Art and Architecture in Naples, 1266-1713: New Approaches

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 1405198613

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Often overshadowed by the cities of Florence and Rome in art-historical literature, this volume argues for the importance of Naples as an artistic and cultural centre, demonstrating the breadth and wealth of artistic experience within the city.

  • Generously illustrated with some illustrations specifically commissioned for this book
  • Questions the traditional definitions of 'cultural centres' which have led to the neglect of Naples as a centre of artistic importance
  • A significant addition to the English-language scholarship on art in Naples

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about Fra Filippo Lippi’s painting, which the Medici had sent to Naples, bears witness to the importance given to these messengers of Florentine gusto (plate 18).49 In both commissions, the artists adapted themselves to the exigencies of courtly taste. Indeed, Lippi’s retable was 164 PAT R O N A G E , S TA N D A R D S A N D T R A N S F E R T C U L T U R E L characterized by Oertel as exception­ ally lavish and ‘gothic’ in taste. This kind of artistic dialogue was to become a pattern in

well-known artist and to Carafa’s aspirations to compete with other noblemen and with their tombs. Despite the lack of documentary evidence to corroborate this hypothesis, it is possible to identify strategies of visualization. To substantiate these observations concerning conscious citations from the monuments of older dynastic houses, more wide-ranging comparative studies are necessary: grouping together monuments by client, artist and style and attempting to identify those formal attributes

SOCIAL DISTINCTIONS IN LATE QUATTROCENTO NEAPOLITAN TOMBS 21 22 23 24 25 26 falling below scholarly standards is Luigi De Lutio di Castelguidone, I Sedili di Napoli (Origini, azione politica e decentramento amministrativo), Cremano, 1973. See also Bianca de Divitiis, Architettura e committenza nella Napoli del Quat­ trocento, Venice, 2007, 137–69. ‘La ditta cidade se parte in cinque parti e cinque sedie; la prima e la Sedia de Capuana, la Sedia di Montagna, la Sedia di Portanova, la Sedi

attitude to the antique upheld in Naples. In terms of architectural vocabulary the solutions may not always have been typical – as has already been seen, for example, with the ionic portal – yet this was not necessarily a shortcoming but the result of the need to adapt external ideas to the urban context and to the patron’s demand for self-representation. Indeed, it should not be interpreted as a sign of backwardness or as a misunderstanding of more ‘advanced’ stylistic ways. Those features of

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