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Titian and the Altarpiece in Renaissance Venice

Titian and the Altarpiece in Renaissance Venice

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  • Date Published: March 2000
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521640954

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  • This study examines the development of the altarpiece in sixteenth-century Venice. Focusing closely on Titian's St. Peter Martyr Altarpiece, which was the most famous work by this painter, destroyed in 1867, Patricia Meilman considers how this painting irrevocably changed the course of altar decoration. Demonstrating the legacy of the St. Peter Martyr Altarpiece with a younger generation of painters, she also examines the social, religious and historical events of the decades just before the Tridentine reforms and their impact on devotional imagery and practices.

    • Uncharted territory in altarpiece studies
    • Multi-disciplinary and in-depth study of Venetian history and painting
    • Builds on earlier studies of altarpieces
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "An extremely useful teaching tool for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty." Choice

    "A study that places this one work in its cultural and historial context, and in doing so offers the reader an opening into the understanding of altarpieces as more than 'just' religious pictures." Art Book

    "Patricia Meilman's book, Titian and the Altarpiece in Renaissance Venice is a monograph on this appalling loss from the corpus of European painting. As one might expect from a revised dissertation, the apparatus occupies almost half the book's 260 pages and offers material not available elsewhere." - The Catholic Historical Review William Hood, Oberlin College

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    • Date Published: March 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521640954
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 263 x 187 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.94kg
    • contains: 70 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Environment:
    1. Venetian altarpieces of saints
    2. The martyrdom altarpiece: history and significance
    3. The stimulus for innovation: the menace to faith
    Part II. Titian's St Peter Martyr Altarpiece:
    4. St Peter Martyr and Venice: his life and cult
    5. The St Peter Martyr Altarpiece comes into being: the particulars
    6. Titian at work: responding to the challenge
    Part III. Modifications:
    7. Titian's achievement: the fabrication of reality
    8. Natura si vinta dall'arte: the St Peter Martyr Altarpiece as sign for the Venetian aesthetic
    9. The St Peter Martyr Altarpiece interpreted: subsequent altar painting in Venice
    Excursus: the drawings connected with the St Peter Martyr Altarpiece
    Bibliography
    Appendices
    Significant painted copies
    Illustrations.

  • Author

    Patricia Meilman, American University, Washington DC

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