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An important trade center in the medieval Mediterranean, Amalfi and its surrounding regions sustained impressive art production and patronage from the eleventh through thirteenth centuries. With the rise of the Angevin kingdom, however, a demise of Amalfi's eclectic art tradition took place and, by the fourteenth century, its painting and sculpture reflected compromises between local and Neapolitan styles, demonstrating the erosion of its autonomy.Read more
- Introduces many previously unknown works from a neglected region and area of scholarship
- Shows how mercantile culture and patronage is significant and sophisticated in an era earlier than previously acknowledged
- Creates portrait of medieval society that mirrors contemporary concerns about globalisation, East/West, and Christian/non-Christian relations
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"Drawing on a rich array of material and textual evidence ... this book is a brilliant contribution ... which foces us to reevaluate our attitudes toward the art and culture of southwestern Italy. This is a must-read for anyone interested in patronage studies and cultural history--a fine and scholarly work with extensive notes and bibliography."
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"This book successfully builds on individual monuments to construct a broader picture of the culture of Amalfitan mercatantia, an early model of multiculturalism with numerous poignant resonances for the present day." Letters in Canada 2004,/i> John Osborne
"Caskey has written a brave work on a difficult subject" CAA Reviews Caroline Bruzelius
"Her book rewards a careful reading, encouraging reflection on complex historical conditions and individual monouments of art." - Enrico Parlato, Universita della Tuscia
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- Date Published: December 2004
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521811873
- length: 344 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 197 x 25 mm
- weight: 1.004kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Introduction: the art of mercatantia: medieval commerce and culture in southwest Italy
1. The experience and politics of mercatantia
2. Amalfitans at home: residential architecture and its Mediterranean syntheses
3. Private and public in Amalfitan religious space
4. Amalfi and the new metropolis: the decline of the art of mercatantia.
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