Item Number: 105203
Title: Un poema cistercense : Affreschi giotteschi a Chiaravalle Milanese
Author: Bandera, Sandrina
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Description: con un saggio di Mina Gregori. Milano: Electa, 2010. 33cm., hardcover, slipcase, 302pp. with numerous color plates. Summary: The first volume to provide exhaustive, analytical documentation on the important cycle of paintings decorating the dome at the base of the church tower. These are the Scenes from the Life of the Virgin, a cycle dating back to the mid-14th century, which was based on the "Golden Legend" by the Domenican Jacobus da Varagine, an inspiration in terms of subject matter for much medieval art. Chiaravalle Abbey is a Cistercian monastic complex built in the 12th century. The cycle of frescoes is believed to be the work of pupils from the school of Giotto, and is linked in particular to the fascinating, and still relatively mysterious figure of Stefano, who is thought to have been Giotto's nephew. The choice of Our Lady as the subject of the cycle is due to the fact that the abbey was dedicated to the Madonna when it was built in 1135. This volume illustrates episodes, details and aspects of the frescoes which would be extremely difficult to appreciate, thanks to its height, when viewing the cycle in its original setting. (previously announced as "Gli Affreschi di Chiaravalle")
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