IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 318: Medieval Cities and Material Culture, II: Saints, Cities, and the Patronage of Art in Late Medieval Italy

Monday 9 July 2007, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Department of History of Art, University of Glasgow / Department of History of Art, Queen's University, Belfast
Organisers:Emily Jane Anderson, School of Culture & Creative Art (History of Art), University of Glasgow
Jill Farquhar, Department of History of Art, Queen's University Belfast
Moderator/Chair:Louise Bourdua, Department of the History of Art, University of Warwick
Paper 318-aRelic and Image: The Cult of Mary Magdalen in Northern Italian Cities, c. 1300-1450
(Language: English)
Joanne W. Anderson, Department of History of Art, University of Aberdeen
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting
Paper 318-bVenice, the Sea and the Cult of St Nicholas
(Language: English)
Anastasia Kanellopoulou, School of Culture & Creative Art (History of Art), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting
Paper 318-cMatteo di Giovanni and the Civic Patrons of Southern Tuscany
(Language: English)
Sandra Cardarelli, Department of History of Art, University of Aberdeen
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting
Abstract

This session will explore the artistic expression of saints’ cults in selected late medieval Central and Northern Italian centres and cities, including the maritime republic of Venice and Grosseto and Montepescali in southernTuscany. The practice of church decoration and the function of devotional imagery and sacred relics and reliquaries will be examined. Local patronage controlled by political and commercial factions and individuals (clerical, lay and civic) is of fundamental importance. Saints investigated include Mary Magdalene, St Nicholas of Myra and St Mark. Artworks considered include examples by the Sienese painter Matteo di Giovanni and Paolo and Lorenzo Veneziano.